Carole Frances Lung
Fashion, Fiber and Materials Faculty
“Through a range of projects that emphasize skills sharing and sewing instruction, Lung seeks to provide alternatives to purchasing ready-made clothing manufactured under abusive working conditions. She joins other contemporary fiber artists such as Anne Wilson, Margarita Cabrera, Celia Álvarez Muñoz, Mandy Cano Villalobos, and Zoe Sheehan Saldaña, who use sewing to explore issues of globalization, skill, labor, and economy in the textile industry. Lung’s sewing projects are firmly located within contemporary fiber and social and participatory practices; however, they also belong to a rich historical trajectory of collaborative labor and collective action expressed through sewing.”
Carole Frances Lung, Subversive Stitches Across Time: The Suffragette Movement, Labor Activism and Contemporary Social Change, By Lisa Vinebaum, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, presented at The Textile Society of America Bi-Annual Symposium at UCLA, 2014
Carole Frances Lung is an artist, soft power guerilla activist, and Associate Professor of Fashion Fiber and Materials, at California State University Los Angeles. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Carole activates a vocabulary of fashion and textile production and consumption, crafting of one of a kind garments, installations, performances, and social sculpture, paying homage to labor, textile and apparel manufacturing histories and contemporary production systems. Her slow durational practice of careful listening, problem solving, skill sharing and community building engages in hands-on experiences, which attempt to instigate change in the current Fast Fashion system. Her performances have been exhibited at Human Resources, San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum, Craft in America Study Center, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Museum of Contemporary Craft, OTIS College of Art and Design, Appalachian State University and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti. Publications include: KCET Artbound, Surface Design Journal, American Craft Council: Shaping the Future of Craft, Art in America, and Art Papers. She has lectured at Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany, The School of Art and Design Oslo, Norway, Arrowmont and Haystack Mountain School of Craft. She has been awarded: Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, Craft Creativity and Design Center Grant, At the Edge Gallery 400 award and Fred A. Hillbruner Artist Book Fellowship, and Faculty Fellow for the Public Good. Carole maintains the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s headquarters and experimental factory in downtown Long Beach, CA.