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Opening: Saturday, October 2nd
Closing: Saturday, October 30th
Margaret Hull is an artist based in Detroit, Michigan. Hull has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been awarded residencies in Léhon, France, AZ West in Joshua Tree, California, Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan, Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. Her work has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, and Wasserman Projects, among other venues. She is Assistant Professor in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program at Wayne State University.
My current body of work, Cottagecorps, includes installation (physical and in VR), photographic documentation, and garments that contextualize the ongoing body of work, McCall’s 8616. I use McCall Pattern Company pattern number 8616 – the result of a 1983 licensing agreement with celebrity and model, Brooke Shields – as a template to assemble versions of the same blouse at various scales with a nod to the democratic nature of commercial garment patterns. The garments in this series are button down blouses worn on all parts of the body and sewn with floral chintz fabric. Through the layers of florals – the fabrics and the patchwork environment in which I locate the garments – I address the role of this textile both in European colonization in the late 17th century and the internet aesthetic, cottagecore.
“Cottagecorps,” a homophone of cottagecore, references not only the commercialization of internet aesthetics but also the ease and speed at which trends spread in digital spaces and the potential for community-building online. I make garments using secondhand fabric sourced on Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, and Arts and Scraps in Detroit. Sourcing locally and secondhand is a priority in my practice because it supports individuals in my community and contributes to my understanding of place and people through material, in addition to lessening the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industries.