.11 delica beads, caribou antlers, paint and resin
A part of the Indian Giver show, a group exhibition that responds to cultural appropriation, this is work in progress. The beaded peyote stitch being completed with my family may take a lifetime, just as redressing stolen culture probably will.
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mid-90s Pocahontas Nightgown, felt, .11 delica beads
A performative-style project deconstructing and reconstructing the image of Disney’s Pocahontas on my terms. I cut out and gave away patches from my nightie, asking those who lovingly accepted to tag the image in their social media feeds to build a distorted, digital quilt of Pocahontas with the hashtags #mypocahontas and #sagepaul (btw, you should check out the feeds of #mypocahontas).
As a part of “The Mending Lounge” at Craft Ontario, their statement of my work:
“Sage Pal is cutting her well-worn, childhood nightie into patches. In this poignant act, she reconstructs the image of Pocahontas through tradition and technology as she beads the cloth fragments and sends them physically and digitally into the world.”
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(Cotton, Mirrored Plexiglass)
Synaptic City is a crossroads of culture through an existence of tradition, the value of reinterpretation and a curiosity for convening. The desire is to bring these ideals into a 21st century movement of appreciation and balance. Looking to the construction of traditional Pow Wow regalia and the styling of 1970s glamour, Synaptic City is a fusion of moving cultures in sync through fashion and wearable art.
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