Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi
Media: Mixed Media
Keyworth is an undergrad senior at Cal State Long Beach whose dream is to some day do a collaboration with a fashion company. She is not planning on attending grad school after she graduates. Keyworth also doubles as an Art Teaching major and is planning on getting her teaching credentials for kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Some of her hobbies include going to the beach, a common hobby to those who grew up in Southern California like me. Keyworth also likes alpacas.
Keyworth is a lab technician in the Fiber department. Her art pieces are made out of fiber that she had taken out of the trash. These fibers came from materials such as cut up jeans and cotton t-shirts. She took these scraps that would have been thrown away after serving its purpose and wove them into wearable articles of clothing. This idea is not only innovative because of its methods in finding a purpose for things that have already served its use, it is also as an environmentally beneficial idea. By taking “trash” and making them into something new, Keyworth reduces the materials that would go to landfills. I believe that if Keyworth can find a way to smoothen out the material in each article of clothing, she could possibly get people to actually wear her art out on the streets. It not only would save the bits of ripped or damaged clothing from going to the landfills, it also would promote her idea and change the fashion industry.
This exhibit didn’t exactly strike as eye-catching like the other exhibits that day. However, its unique components and style pique my interest. The way in which Keyworth made something out of scraps just pulls my attention to the details. To find value in things that were once deemed no longer usable or just excess materials is something that is very difficult to do. It is almost like making something without any idea on how to make it, or without an idea of what you want to make with the materials you have. As a lower class citizen, every little bit counts. We reuse and recycle materials that we have on a daily basis. Keyworth’s efforts and hard work connect to my living style, where we find a use for things we have until it is no longer useable in any shape or form.