Factory Fornication _ A Garments Journey
Posted on 12 May 2015
Last Thursday we presented our installation, "Factory Fornication", to a sold-out crowd of 1,400 at [The Container Yard] in downtown Los Angeles. "FF ", a follow up to last year's "Peep Show", is our second collaboration with LA Weekly's annual event, Artopia. The FF installation admitted the audience to a live experience of Bohemian Society's creative process. Its concept centered around creating original garments, from start to finish, in a matter of minutes.
The first step was to make a one-of-a-kind piece of fabric for each garment. This was achieved by painting a nude body with various colors and then pressing, or "printing", the body onto a piece of plain fabric displayed on stage. Once printed, the fabric was immediately dried, cut, and passed on to our seamstress. Next, drawing inspiration from the shapes and colors printed on each piece of fabric, original garments were then conceived and sewn on the spot.
While each garment was being sewn, Victor brought the model and audience to a large piece of canvas hung along an adjacent wall. Each model was painted once again, and this time pressed against the wall to make imprint upon the canvas. The models then moved into a life-sized shadowbox opposite the main stage where the audience could view muted images of the models' bodies twisting and colliding in a suggestive duet.
The process continued cycling throughout the three-hour installation. A photoshoot culminated the event, with each model wearing the garment printed with their likeness against the backdrop of the completed printed canvas.
Edited By: Kitty Kennedy
Photos By: Tyson Smyer