Friends Seminary Peace Week “Fabic of Peace” sculpture

To highlight this year’s Peace Week theme, “Beyond the Numbers: The Economics of Peace,” the Friends Seminary community will work with artist Derick Melander to create a beautiful textile sculpture from second hand clothing.
The purpose of the installation is to highlight just one thread of our waste consciousness: Clothing.
The installation encourages the average consumer to ask the questions:
* What does clothing signify in our culture?
* How much of what we own do we actually use?
* Of the clothing we own, how much do we really need?
* How can I help clothe someone in need?
* What are the environmental implications of clothing that is discarded into landfills?
* What does 386 million pounds of clothing look and feel like?
The Friends Seminary community will host a clothing drive from January 8th to February 1st. During this time we hope to collect approximately 1200 -1500 pounds of clothing (35-40 large garbage bags). On Saturday, February 6th from 3-8 pm and on Sunday, February 7th from 10am-5pm, students, parents, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a two-day event to carefully fold and stack the clothing to create the sculpture, ”The Fabric of Peace”.
Folding coaches are also needed an hour before each session.
The sculpture installation will be dismantled at the end of the month and all the clothing will be donated to support the relief effort in Haiti.
Please contact Rachel Gomez to sign up for the workshop and to be a folding coach.
rgomez@friendsseminary.org 212-979-5030 (x157)