Guadalupe Project: Seeking Seamstress for Collaborative Art

I'm really excited about a project I'm working on, whose pet name is the Guadalupe Project. This body of work is a collaborative exploration of imagery of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a highly revered saint, cherished by most of Mexico as well as immigrants to the United States. I'm looking for bad ass collaborators to get this project off the ground.

Seeking Seamstress for Collaborative Art Project

I’m looking for a seamstress to collaborate with me to design and ultimately create a dress that emulates the one worn in the Mexican iconic image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Our model/actress/collaborator will wear this dress during staged and candid photography shoots in the community of Watsonville, CA. The goal of this project is to explore the following questions:

What would the Virgin of Guadalupe do if she stepped out of her painting to visit Watsonville, a Mexican transnational community?

Who would she visit?

Where would she go?

What would she do?

How will people react?”

Project Details

One goal of this project is to tell the story of Watsonville and its relationship with the highly cherished female saint and goddess. The narrative of the project and its collaborators is critical to this project. Hence, I am looking for a collaborator who has a personal connection to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Watsonville, the Pinto Lake Shrine, or the Mexican immigrant experience in the United States. A bilingual Spanish-speaker would also be nice. The ideal collaborator can also create this wearable art piece with an open heart and mind, wants to be part of the narrative and story of the project, can work with a budget in mind, is innovative, a good problem-solver, and is attentive to detail in his/her craft.

The final images (and possibly the costume itself) will likely be exhibited in a gallery atmosphere, but it is also critical to me to share the images with an audience that may not go into a gallery. The work may appear in blog posts, newspapers, non-traditional publications, as well as local and family-owned businesses in Watsonville, and beyond! I also hope to publish a book of the images.

Please contact me by phone or email. I’m anxious to start design and construction in Fall 2012, but will wait for the right collaborator.

PS I'm also looking for other kinds of collaborators in this work. Please contact me if this project excites you!