Susan Taber Avila creates textile artwork to enhance perception of contemporary culture. While stitching is often used for surface embellishment (embroidery) or joining materials, Avila simultaneously develops both the structure and surface of an object through the stitching process. This new body of work focuses on women and their health, riffing off the red dress symbol used by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association to promote awareness of cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of women (and men). The work is sardonically punctuated with healthy messages, reminding all of us to become more aware and pro-active in maintaining our own health and well-being.
Share Your Story
Susan Taber Avila is collecting brief stories about Women with Heart Disease and Women with Heart for an installation of red dresses that will be shown at 108 Contemporary in the exhibition. The installation will bring attention to women’s cardiovascular disease (CVD). If you’d like to contribute a story or learn more about her project please visit: http://www.suta.com/health/
Take a Workshop
In this dynamic and interactive community project workshop students will create a conceptual red dress collection to help promote awareness of women’s cardiovascular disease. The finished collection will be included in the exhibition Matters of Dis-Ease at 108 Contemporary Gallery, August 6 – September 20, 2015. Working on provided garment templates, students will explore a variety of textile techniques for embellishment, fabric manipulation, and working with type as they learn how to infuse fashion with a message vital to public health.
To register, visit: http://ahhatulsa.org/education/all-classes/#!event/2015/8/2/the-heart-of-the-matter