Dig Baton Rouge

The Epilogue

By Katie Andress

Culture Candy is set to present their annual wearable art show, Uncommon Thread, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. This nationally recognized art show has presented over 200 pieces of wearable art since its inception in 2007 and is an experience of epic proportion with not only wearable art, but food, music and dancers. This hour long show will feature 30-40 garments selected from artist entry will be juried by Wylie Sophia Garcia, who has presented work in the Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show in previous years. She is most known for her 2010 project, “The Dress that Makes the Woman.”

The theme for this year’s show is “Epilogue” and asks artists to “meditate on notable books, authors or literary characters and use wearable art as means of opening up a conversation about these influences.”

“Epilogue not only refers to books, but you’re also thinking about what transpires after the story has ended,” said Erin Rolfs, Program Director for Uncommon Thread. “This theme says a lot in a single word and gives people a lot to think about.”

It also coincides with this year’s venue, the Main Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. Rolfs went on to say that the newly renovated library is not only a beautiful space, but also brought a new perspective to the show.

“It’s a library; it’s inherently full of resources,” said Rolfs.

The library has also brought a sense of community to the project with its exhibit of work from previous shows that is currently on display and will continue through December. A reading list was also created for those interested in learning more about wearable art and also for those seeking inspiration for their pieces.

  1. Emily DeLorge, a graphic designer and engraver is one of the artists presenting this year. She spoke to DIG about her approach to designing her garment and the inspiration behind it. DeLorge has done the show for the past four years and placed second in the first show she walked in. She explained that essentially, she uses the same character each year, but transforms it into a new evolutionary work of art.

“My work is influenced by the books I’ve read the most,” DeLorge explained. “The core theme of my work is expresses my own personal experiences as well as the feminine point of view.”

DeLorge’s piece this year incorporates target paper and wood cutouts, which are all aspects of her life. One piece of advice she gave for newcomers is to really consider the materials, which is an important part of her work.

“I love to see when the material that is used really reinforces the concept and is the concept at the same time,” said DeLorge.

Another veteran of Uncommon Thread is 2012 People’s Choice Award winner, Emily Riche’, who has presented work for the past three years. This mother of three had only been sewing for her children, as a hobby, before entering a piece in the show, which inspired her to turn her sewing hobby into a career. “I owe everything to this show,” said Riche’. “It’s really inspired me to pursue a career in fashion and fiber arts.”

Riche’ describes her work as “very pleasing to the eye,” which she attributes to her experience with ready to wear. She has shown work in New Orleans Fashion Week, RAW and Couture for a Cause, as well as being featured in publications throughout the New Orleans area. More information about Emily Riche’ can be found at her website, matildab.com.

Tickets are on sale now at uncommonthread.org or eventbrite.com. The performance-only ticket, if purchased online, is $20 for the general public and $15 for students (limit 100 for students). The “Prologue” Pre-Party tickets are $35 and come with food, drink and access to the terrace and greenroom where you can see the artwork up close and mingle with artists and the crew. Online ticket sales will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.  Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for students, $25 for the general public and $40 for the prologue party.

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