Comfort Scarf 2016

Dimensions: 11” X 51”
Series: Clothed in Memories
Materials: slides removed from slide mounts and buttons, crochet thread
Installation: a rod is attached to the top back. The work can be suspended from the ceiling by the rod or mounted on clear Plexiglas brackets, provided. It can also be displayed flat by resting the rod on long nails or a one step hanger, provided.
After inheriting 40 years worth of family slides from my father, I removed the film from their mounts and began sewing them together. I felt like I was sewing my family back together. I now make clothing facsimiles that represent individuals in my life. My grandfather always wore a long scarf.

Fringed Comfort Shawl 2016

Dimensions: 21.5” X 36”
Series: Clothed in Memories
Materials: slides removed from slide mounts, 35 mm movie film and buttons, crochet thread
Installation: a rod is attached to the top back. The work can be suspended from the ceiling by the rod or mounted on clear Plexiglas brackets, provided. It can also be displayed flat by resting the rod on long nails or a one step hanger, provided.

My Michelle 2019

Dimensions: 43″ x 19″ x 15″
Clothed in Memories series:. 3D dress facsimile made by sewing slides, 35 mm film & buttons with crochet thread. When unzipped & shoulder clasps opened it can be laid flat & rolled for shipping. Hangs on bent Plexiglas shoulders, two slide carousels tilt to make the head & LED light is optional
The dress was inspired by the slides themselves. I inherited forty years worth of my father’s slides. The images of family life inspired me to sew them together like my grandmother’s quilts made of clothing scraps. Each scrap of cloth and each slide represent a person and a memory. The first thing I made was a quilt. I felt like I was sewing my family back together. I then realized how my experiences made me who I am and each person in my life influences me; so I started making garments to represent the people in my life. The dress represents my college roommate Michelle.

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leatha koefler

United States

https://www.leathakoefler.com/

Koefler received a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and ME from North Carolina State University. She taught art for twenty years, and spent summers studying at Savannah College of Art and Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received a Regional Artist Project Grant, won best in show at an international exhibit of art by art teachers, and first place in Illumination an exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum, twice. Koefler began working with outdated technologies when she inherited forty years of slides from her father then realized her daughter’s wedding pictures were on floppy discs; both are now difficult to access. The work she does with old technologies represents the loss of memories stored on them. In this time of escalating technology, the thrill of THE NEW can cause us to forget the once vital relationship we had with the old. She seeks to frame the once important connection we had with these technologies, as a memorial to that which is now disappearing.

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