News Release| Made in Haiti project; Cal State L.A.


Textile designer
ventures to stitch up

a fair, sustainable garment economy in Haiti

Lung collaborates with Haitian tailors to
repurposed ‘pepe’ garments in the U.S.

Los Angeles, CA

Carole Frances Lung—also
referred to as “Frau Fiber”is making her third
personal trip to Haiti,
from August 10-26, to work collectively with Haitian textile
workers to implement garment production “by the people and for the


Volunteering in the
Grand Rue community of Port Au Prince, Lung will design and sew a third
collection of pepe (secondhand clothing from the United States)
into garments that she says “reflects the spirit of the Haitian people.”
The repurposed clothing will be marketed at U.S. boutiques with the
Made in Haiti label


Pictured: (l-r) Carole Lung and Jonas La Baze.
Pictured: (l-r) Carole
Frances Lung and Haitian tailor Jonas La Baze. (Credit: Ronald Bazile)

Referring to Haiti’s
period of stability, low-crime rate, and democratically-elected
government, Lung blogged that “this is by far the best chance that Haiti
has had to take on global apparel production.”

A Long Beach resident,
Lung began her quest as a self-appointed “Special Envoy to Haiti” in
Dec. 2009, attempting to identify specific opportunities in economic
development. Making connections with local Haitian tailor Jonas La Baze,
Lung collaborated to introduce their first collection of “Made in Haiti
fantastically-shabby garments.”

Committed to her mission,
Lung visited Haiti again in April where she helped produce a second
collection of repurposed garments—bringing donations of 20 yards of
elastic and quantities of pins, tailors’ chalks, buttons, and zippers.

Lung said, “Haiti is at
the crossroads. What happened January 12, 2010, put the traditional way
of doing things under the debris of the earthquake.”

Lung, a faculty in Cal State
L.A.’s Art Department, has more than a decade experience in the couture bridal
gown industry. Lung, who received her MFA at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago, has also lectured internationally and was a
visiting artist at Northern Illinois University, School of the Art
Institute of Chicago, Bates College, and Maine College of Art. She
started the Sewing Rebellion, a free workshop that recruits participants
to “emancipate themselves from the global garment industry” by learning
how to alter, mend and make garments. Her accolades include a Foundation
for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, an Irish Arts Council Commission
Grant, and the Fred A. Hillbruner Artist Book Fellowship.

To follow Lung’s journey
and view photos of the Made in Haiti collections, go to

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