Paseo Feast is a locally sourced dinner that funds emerging art with a vote. Basically, five artists get selected to pitch a project. Attendees eat dinner with the artists, listen to the proposals, and then vote for a project. Whichever artist gets the most votes receives the funding from the night! This year the event will take place at Picasso Cafe at 6pm on April 23, 2013. I am so excited for this great opportunity!
If I were to win, the funds would go towards my collection Designing Beyond the Cure that will be shown at Oklahoma Fashion Week 2013. If you have kept up with my posts or Facebook page you know that what makes this collection so special is that the models in my portion of the show are breast cancer survivors from Oklahoma City’s first young women’s survivor group SHOUT. My project is not just about the clothes, but also about changing measurements of standard from retail sizes to an individual’s body shape.
If you would like to learn more about the project please visit: http://www.facebook.com/events/426018814161815/
You’ve read the stories on facebook, you’ve seen the sneak peaks on twitter, you’ve heard the artist talk at Whole Foods. All you have left to do is sit back and watch my launch at the first ever Oklahoma Fashion Week red carpet runway event!
Check out the Show on April 20, 6:30pm @ Cotter Ranch Tower (aka The Chase Tower) 100 N Broadway Ave OKC 73102
Buy tickets here: www.okfashionweek.eventbrite.com
Whole Foods will show off some designer dishes on April 13th at 1pm. These dishes are created from designer fashions at Oklahoma Fashion Week. Whole Foods will transform one of my designs into a tasty dish and has asked me to come give an artist talk. So come by the Whole Foods cafe on April 18, 2013 to meet the models, the documentary crew, and everyone else that has helped me for Oklahoma Fashion Week 2013.
Join me on April 18, 6pm @ Whole Foods OKC 6001 N Western Ave OKC 73118
Helen Enox Fine Fabrics has graciously donated all of the fabric for Chaverri’s collection. Helen Enox started in the fabrics business in February 1963 and her store located on Southwest 59th Street, has served the Oklahoma City area for 50 years with beautiful couture fabrics. Ms. Enox was always very creative and eager to help others. One fact most people may not know about Helen Enox is that she also was a breast cancer survivor. Her family and friends now run the store and think that their contribution to Chaverri’s vision is a great tribute the Helen Enox’s memory.
Visit http://www.helenenoxfinefabrics.com/ for more information.
“Organized in 1988, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports visual artists living and working in Oklahoma. OVAC promotes public interest in the arts and helps people of all ages understand the visual arts.” – ovac website
OVAC is one of the main resources artists in Oklahoma City have. Whether you know who they are or not, you have most likely seen some art funded or supported by them. I am so thankful to receive a business basic grant form such a great organization! This funding will help me with photography & videography.
For more information on OVAC check out http://www.ovac-ok.org/
Chaverri has connected with the breast cancer community in Oklahoma City for Fashion Week. Five of the women walking the runway in Chaverri attire are members of the organization SHOUT. Molly Ross, a survivor diagnosed at the young age of 31, founded Shout so that young women would not have to face breast cancer alone. SHOUT stands for strength, healing, optimism, and understanding together. Their mission is to provide peer support to young women cancer survivors through fellowship and outreach programs, and to increase awareness of cancer and other young women’s health issues through community education.
For more info on Shout go to http://www.shout-okc.org.
Just a quick announcement! I have been accepted as a designer for Oklahoma’s first ever Oklahoma Fashion Week. This event is a great step into the utilitarian arts for Oklahoma. Finally, Oklahoma gets to opportunity to define what fashion means for the state.
Check out their website http://oklahomafashionweek.com/ to see how you can be a part of it too!
Let me introduce you to The Cure. This documentary rediscovers the meaning of the breast from Saint Agatha’s martyrdom to six patients’ experiences with loss and reconstruction at a top U.S. breast cancer clinic. The documentary is still in production, but I am happy to say that I am a part of it!
This image was taken from documentary footage of the Steps to the Cure benefit fashion show and features one of my favorite models wearing a Maria Chaverri design. I am so proud to be a part of this woman’s incredible journey and so thrilled that my custom design process can help women rebuild and redefine their identity.
As a maker, I struggle with the reality that what I do is create more waste. I often think about what it means to be a responsible maker. How can I create while maintaining low impact consequences. I made this garment after listening to a lecture on permaculture. The idea of a wearable garden could be the ultimate symbiotic relationship between people and their food. However, these pants are only for those strong few who don’t fear a little dirt.
permaculture: an agricultural system or method that seeks to integrate human activity with natural surroundings so as to create highly efficient self-sustaining ecosystems ~ Meriam-Webster Dictionary
When you are in art school, your roommates put up with a lot more than just dirty dishes and loud music, and your bedroom isn’t just a place to sleep. Here is a look at my make shift bedroom/greenhouse/photo studio with my awesome college roommate.