Carole Frances Lung
“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, Assistant 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 guerilla activist, and scholar living in Long Beach, CA. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Carole utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism, research and spirit ed crafting of one of a kind garment production performances She investigates the human cost of mass production and consumption, addressing issues of value and time through the thoroughly hand-made construction and salvaging of garments. Her performances have been exhibited at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago IL, Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS College of Art and Design, LA CA, Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University Boone NC and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti. Publications include: Chicago Arts News, American Craft Council: Shaping the Future of Craft, Art in America, and Art Papers. She has lectured at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Feminism and Co series, Craftivsim; Creativity and Ingenuity Symposium, at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, in Deer Isle, Maine and at the Textile Society of America symposium in Washington DC. She has been awarded: Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, Craft Creativity and Design Center Grant, CSULA creative leave 2014, creative mini grant 2014, 2013, nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany award, At the Edge Gallery 400 award and Fred A. Hillbruner Artist Book Fellowship. Carole currently maintains the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s headquarters and experimental factory in downtown Long Beach.