Lisa Anne Auerbach
Making Them Sweat
“ A serious message can have more traction if there’s a funny aspect to it.”
Lisa Anne Auerbach wears her politics on her sleeve—literally. Known for her colorful sweaters emblazoned with opinionated slogans inspired by advertising and propaganda, Auerbach is not a textile artist, but an artist who works in textiles, specifically knitted textiles. Rather than wearable art, her pieces are art that is worn, repeatedly, and usually by the artist herself.
Long before yarn bombing and knit-ins became a thing, Auerbach was knitting politically charged clothing, blankets and banners. Her “Body Count Mittens” of 2005 enumerated American military deaths in Iraq—a chilling spin on knitting for the troops. (She posted the pattern on her website in hopes that others would make them, widening the debate). Other works critique commodity culture (“Buy this sweater off my back $25,000”) or mock the media’s tendency to reduce complex issues to buzzwords and sound bites (“If nothing changes, it changes nothing”).
Many female artists have reclaimed traditional crafts and so-called “women’s work”—quilts, weaving, crocheting—for subversive political ends. But Auerbach goes a step further, subverting the whole... (More)
The spectrum of fall craft events across the country now includes the increasingly prominent Craft2Wear, sponsored by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee as part of its mission to promote the Smithsonian Institution through advocacy and grants. Founded in 1966 by Mary Ripley, wife of Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley (Secretary of the Institution 1964-1984), the Committee, by volunteer efforts, has supported the Smithsonian with funds totaling more than ten million dollars.
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee is primarily known as the annual sponsor of the Smithsonian Craft Show, now in its thirtieth year. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier craft shows and known for its high standards and excellence, the Craft Show takes place each April in the beautiful Great Hall of the National Building Museum. There, in this temporary marketplace for craft, about one hundred twenty artists... (More)
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