THE DIRT PALACE IS MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR PROJECT AT THE WEDDING CAKE HOUSE!!!
Maybe you’ve heard rumblings about this and are wondering…what will it be like? Or maybe you are thinking, “have they finally really lost their marbles?” Or maybe you are like us and are thinking, “I always thought that place WAS the true Dirt Palace”. Regardless, the thing that we really want to tell you is that we’re wicked excited and very grateful for the support of RISCA and the city of Providence, who have been critical partners along the way.
Here’s a basic quick blurb, and below there are links to more info on our website: Dirt Palaceat the Wedding Cake House is an ambitious restoration project of the historic 514 Broadway property last occupied by the Tirocchi sisters and the couture design business that they ran from the location from 1915 to 1947. The renovation will develop artist in residence quarters which will complement the feminist residency program and facilities at the Dirt Palace’s current location in Olneyville Square.
Contra el viento, Against the wind, is a show of quilts and quilted blankets made over the past 5-years from discarded materials, thrift store scraps, old clothes and tarps. Here the blanket becomes a suit of armor, uniform, costume and disguise. They are rough and quickly made, but in a time of need they are the perfect protection from the cold. And why not? There is great utility in multifunctional garments.
Contra el viento, Against the wind, is a portrait of the times. A sight not unfamiliar, maybe from the Women’s March on Washington or at the State House, from TV, or from Standing Rock. The blanketed figures are us, vulnerable protectors, proud activists, shielding themselves and others from a relentless wind. They are every member of a working class that has something to lose, that can be easily controlled and manipulated because of our economic fragility and set to fight against one another. I propose that we shield one another instead. We can make our own soft armour, by using the scraps of the consumer culture, turning waste into our pride and our defense. We can begin to value each other not on our ability to consume, but our ability to make and exchange.
We stand against the wind. Estamos contra el viento.
Howie has lived in and around Olneyville since 2002, he was a longtime member of
the Olneyville Collaborative and has participated in numerous community art projects
throughout the neighborhood. Howie loves sewing and hiking and can often be found bringing something hand sewn way out into the woods. His work is exhibited in galleries, on the street, in sculpture parks and in the wild. Howie is the Executive Director of the Steel Yard where he has worked for the past 13 years.
Visit our online store if you're into screen printed shirts by Olivia, hand knitting by Bridget, or years worth of Dirt Palace zines and prints! We'll be adding more breath-taking works of art in the near future too -- come back often, support our dreams ~~~
New cowgirl at the palace--Maren rolls in this April
She has been working on some drawings about Los Angeles, new writing she is calling “Woman Road Novel,” new songs with her band Milkmaid II (hi Al, hi Mickey), and some sad country guitar almost ready to gig.
O will be teaching three weeklong art workshops for kids and teens at the Jamestown Art Center this summer! We'll be making comics, puppets, games, and learning how to use a 3D printer. For more information, visit the JAC Camp Schedule.
Have you ever wanted to surgically or conceptually remove misogyny from yourself and/or others... Maybe like at a party as a ritual act of friendship, kinda like those cervix/speculum parties that I imagine all of the stoned feminists of the 70's being really into...well this new Anne Elizabeth Moore book Body Horror isn't exactly about that...But it did send my brain into imagining spaces like that and so many others while holding an inked up brush and channeling my visions.. There are 15 or 16 of my illustrations among her essays on topics ranging from apparel industry labor in Cambodia to horror movies to the birth of Standard time to robots and autoimmune diseases. A review is here. You can order it here. It was an honor to get to work on this project & you will be happy when you own this book!
Daniella has been playing 12 string guitar and will probably perform with it, an electric guitar, and several motors during her Taskmaster set at Psychic Readings on April 15th. She performed with her rock band Wex April 17th at AS220.
She has also been raising several sensitive plant seedlings.
From the museum "In their elegant Providence Shop, Italian emigre sisters Anna and Laura Tirocchi sold French couture clothing to an elite clientele. The shop, remained virtually untouched from 1947 until 1990, when RISD Museum curators were given their choice of its contents, which included apparel by Paul Poiret, Lucien Lelong, and dresses in the style of Madeleine Vionnet.
All reflect the advent of modernism in the Paris art world of 1920s and 30s, when designers, painters and printmakers were collaborating as never before to create fashion. From “Paris to Providence” catalogues these efforts with beautiful illustrations and six essays that examine the era’s social and art-historical issues."
the dirt palace is a feminist art collective located in the olneyville neighborhood of providence, rhode island. visit http://dirtpalace.org for more info! also: subscribe to our mailing list (only 1-2 mailings per month) also: buy zines and comics et cetera from our ETSY STORE!!!!!!!