History of Wearable Expressions

Wearable Expressions began within a group of Palos Verdes Art Center fiber and jewelry artists who wanted to show art-to-wear as a serious artistic medium. This it has done and done well. With each successive exhibition we look forward to the exploration of new wearable art horizons.

Wearable Expressions has been international in scope from its inception. Our 2008 exhibition marked the first time, thanks to digital and Internet technology, that our panel of jurors was also international, as was our intern, Ingrid Peak of Nelson, New Zealand. Another first was showing most of the fiber work on the runway at the close of the exhibition, adding a fourth dimension, that of movement.

Art – no matter the media – is a universal language that wordlessly communicates through visual imagery. The work in the 2008 exhibition did so particularly well – portraying environmental, social and political concerns, sensibilities, concepts, new modes and materials. Some work was very serious, some a spoof, some simply breathtakingly beautiful – yet most could be worn – thus, Wearable Expressions. – Gabrielle, curator