Daily Archives: April 20, 2020

Foundations Quarantine Challenge


The Origin Of The Word ‘Quarantine’

Post your projects this week on the Blog and on Instagram using these hashtags:

#foundationsquarantinechallenge   #thelongerthehashtagthebetter

The Image?

Think back over the recent projects posted to your blog. Have you been taking advantage of the photograph? The image? The camera’s point of view (POV)? This weeks’ projects are assigned to you by MakeLAB and we want you to think about the potential of sculpture. We are interested in you using materials to build up and out into three dimensions. Our most important material will be space and activating space. If we are building in three dimensions and working with space, how do we show our work over the internet? A major limitation is given to us by COVID-19. Or an amazing opportunity to practice describing three dimensions and space through images. 

As you work through this weeks’ projects, practice photography. We ask you to take dozens of photographs of each project and pull out the best 5-6 images to upload on the blog or Instagram. With your group of images, you want to achieve two things. First, the images should thoroughly describe the project. Show us everything about the project you can think of. Second, the images themselves need to be interesting. The best way to freshen up your photographs is to change your point of view. Read the articles below and watch the embedded videos to help get you started thinking about POV!


point of view photography

power of POV


Day 1: Can you wear every piece of clothing you own all at one time?


  1. Gather all your clothes and strategize an order which allows you to put as many of the clothes on as you can. Photograph yourself with all the clothes on.
  2. While wearing the clothes, perform an everyday task. Practice photographing yourself (or ask for help) doing the task. Think about taking the photographs from many different points of view (close-up, far away, above, below, sideways, etc). Remember your camera phone has a self timer.
  3. As you take the clothes off, pile them one by one with a repeated gesture (throwing up in the air, against a wall, stumping on them, piling on a chair). When all the clothes are piled, take a photograph of the pile.
  4. Fold the clothes and stack or organize them. Take a photograph. Remember, how interesting is your photograph?


Day 2: Build a fort or shelter that would impress your childhood self. 

Consider what types of things you need to have inside the space. These could be your favorite things, or things that you feel are necessary.

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Artist Andrea Zittel transforms everything necessary for life—such as eating, sleeping, bathing, and socializing—into artful experiments in living. Zittel’s A-Z West, a thirty-five acre residential and studio complex in the California high desert, is a testing ground for the artist’s innovative sculptures, installations, and design projects.” – Art21, PBS.org

Day 3: Make your own mask/Make your own suit. 

You may make a proper mask to use or you can use this as an opportunity to express your creativity as opposed to trying to make a mask/suit you’ll actually use. 

Option 1:  Take a look at the CDC guidelines for making ‘Sew and No Sew’ cloth face coverings. Use the instructions to make your own face covering

Option 2:  Use this opportunity to express your creativity by making a suit or a mask and.documenting yourself in your immediate environment.

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CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings


Day 4:  Build a scene/collage using your clothing as the primary material.

Choose a space in a room where you can build a site-specific sculpture or temporary installation using clothing as the primary material. As you make, respond to the space you have chosen by considering color, light and shadow, textures and patterns, repetition, interior and exterior.

While building, experiment with different ways of creating form by interacting with or acting upon the clothing. Some suggested words and actions to think about:

Draping, Folding, Rolling, Bunching, Weaving, Binding, Stretching, Compressing, Twisting, Braiding, Pleating, Stuffing, Stacking, Piling,…


Derek Melander

“The painstakingly folded and architecturally stacked works of Derick Melander form ramparts, coliseums, and rubble in a separate alcove of the exhibition.  Melander’s accompanying preparatory drawings suggest plans for structures made of stone and logs. But when his plans are fleshed out, they are tenderly, interdependently built instead from cast-off clothing.  For Melander, these building components are amassed surrogates for society.” – Deborah McLeod, Baltimore City Paper, December 13, 2006

Day 5: Research your favorite article of clothing. 

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Look up the history of that piece of apparel. 

What is it made of (What is the history of that textile)? Where did it originate? What form did it used to take? What was its intended use? Write a summary about it. Check out this exhibition from the Fashion Institute of Technology Uniformity

Day 6:  Portrait Day! 

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Search for and choose a portrait from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and try to recreate the image using yourself as the subject and the materials you have at hand.

Recruiting help from those you may be in isolation with is highly encouraged!

Post your portrait next to the original on your blog and on social media.

Use this National Portrait Gallery link to refine your search by theme/topic, date or classification: National Portrait Link


***Remember to***

Post your projects on the Blog and on Instagram using these hashtags: #foundationsquarantinechallenge              #thelongerthehashtagthebetter

Extra Resources:

Artists Using Clothing and Textiles:

Guerra de la Paz


Margarita Cabrera: Engendering New Landscapes

Jade Walker

Ernesto Neto

Nick Cave