DePaulia | Celebrating Art at DePaul – DePaul Artists Collective presents a wearable art exhibit

Audrey Dwyer knows a lot of talented people. She wanted to use her chairmanship of the DePaul Artists Collective (DAC) to create opportunities for the university’s talented student artists.

With that goal in mind, Dwyer and the other DAC members created the inaugural Wearable Art exhibit to celebrate the Art DePaul community. Dozens of students participated and viewed the exhibition on Friday.

Dwyer was overcome with emotion after the event ended. She was happy that the event brought together so many skilled artists, designers and their supporters.

“I did it out of love, which sounds so lame, but I don’t know,” Dwyer said. “I’m friends with so many talented people and I just wanted to do something for them, throw a party for them.”

Sebastian Berrocalna Ortega (left) and Andre Lopez (right) pose with their conceptual wearable artwork. (Lily Lowndes)

Student performers, artists, and models showcased wearable art, including sparkly shirts, pants, hats, nature-inspired jewelry, Chucky dolls, and lizard masks.

Dwyer organized the exhibit in the student center with other DAC members to promote art created at DePaul. This is part of the DAC’s mission to explore different genres of art and foster an artistic community at DePaul.

“I was inspired by, well, two things,” Dwyer said. “The art school here is amazing, and I feel like that’s really lacking at DePaul. I feel like we don’t have as many opportunities even though the students are so talented and the staff is so amazing. “

Dwyer wanted to make sure the exhibit was open to all types of art, including performance. Students sang original songs performed in Drag, Danced and presented other art between the wearable art showcases.

“I really wanted to make an interdisciplinary community,” Dwyer said. “I feel like we’re all so separate. There is the theater school and [School of Music]and then there’s the art school, but I want to collaborate and that’s why I wanted to bring these people together. “

Sebastian Berrocal Ortega, an exchange student from Peru, models his wearable art at the exhibit.

Audrey Dwyer shows off her hand-dyed trousers inspired by Henri Matisse. (Lily Lowndes)

Berrocal Ortega designed the larger-than-life oblong head inspired by the cells that beekeepers use to separate the queen bee from the hive. He carried the wooden box over his head, a metal cage hanging over his face. The piece was part of a larger project he was working on at the home in Peru.

“The theme was individualism, you know, the queen breaking away from the collective,” Berrocal Ortega said.

Andre Lopez uses his wearable art to express how he feels as a non-binary person. They created bodysuits with metallic embellishments that were tight and sharp to the touch.

“It’s meant to be about Dysphoria and how it makes you kind of change your body, like dream things or want to hide things and sometimes correct things,” Lopez said. “It’s just like trying to change the body, trying to find a body that I’m comfortable with. I have a lot of stress and [anxiousness] Because I don’t feel like I’m me. “

Berrocal Ortega said he is grateful to the organizers of the event and wants to see DePaul Champion similar events in the future.

“It was a pretty cool event and I hope the university continues to support these types of events,” Berrocal Ortega said.

Dwyer hosted the event to highlight the work of DePaul art students. (Lily Lowndes)

Lopez emphasized the importance of fostering a community of artists at DePaul.

“It’s really cool to see the same students organize these types of activities for other students,” Lopez said. “I love this so much. I think it’s really important, artists supporting other artists. “

Jax Fink, senior and DAC treasurer, helped sell art at the exhibit’s vendor table. When artists registered for the exhibit, they could also register to have wearable and non-wearable art sold at a booth near the runway.

Fink owned her own jewelry business and enjoyed selling her earrings along with other students’ art.

“I was at the vendor table and found it really fun watching people interact with other DePaul artists or bring other DePaul Artists stuff,” Fink said.

Other organizations may charge additional fees for artists to sell their art at events, so DAC wanted to allow students to sell at the price point they wanted without additional fees. This ensures that artists are paid what their art is worth.

Once the students valued their subjects, the DAC added an additional 20% on top, which would go back to the organization.

Dwyer said the DAC will use the proceeds to create a workshop for students.

“We wanted to raise money tonight so we could do a ceramics workshop or something that works with clay,” Dwyer said.

Madeline Zavada, DAC chair, said anyone interested can participate in the DAC. There is no official membership in the collective. People can come and go as they please, attending whatever events they are able or interested in.

“The best way to join is to just follow us and see what we’re up to,” Zavada said.

DAC posts about their events on Instagram, @DepaulartistsCollectiveand on GroupMe, which students can join using the Link tree in their biography. The wearable art exhibition is also available for repurposing on DAC’s Instagram page.

In addition to a potential ceramics workshop, the collective is planning a gallery exhibit for next year, group outings and more opportunities for vendor tables.

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