Craft / Material Studies

Queer Threads: Making and Talking,
Fiber and Fashion Event Series

April 10-14, 2017

Queer Threads: Making and Talking, Fiber and Fashion” is a week-long event series funded by the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative, from April 10-14 at VCU’s Depot and satellite community locations. Please join us for a series of lectures, interactive community-inclusive art projects, and a speaker panel bringing all four guests (Cindy Baker, John Chaich, Ramekon O’Arwisters, and Jeanne Vaccaro) together to discuss the intersections of queerness, body image, fashion, textiles and community.

John Chaich’s book, “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community”, is now available for purchase at VCU Barnes & Noble Bookstore!

Panel Discussion with Cindy Baker, John Chaich, Ramekon O’Arwisters, and Jeanne Vaccaro – 4/12 – Depot 6-8pm

The panel will discuss topics relative to these artists and scholars’ work: gender, race, sexuality, body size, difference, shame, celebration, community, fiber-based hand making and design.


Ramekon O’Arwisters:
Artist Lecture
 4/10  VCU Depot 3:30-4:30pm
Crochet Jam  4/10  VCU Depot 5-8:00pm
Crochet Jam  4/11  Diversity Richmond (1407 Sherwood Ave) 12-6pm

Ramekon O’Arwisters is a San Francisco-based social-practice artist who creates collaborative, community-based art projects infused with folk-art traditions. During his Crochet Jams, participants become physically connected with one another through the processes of making yarn from used clothing and crocheting a giant textile. Click here for more details on our upcoming Crochet Jams

John Chaich  – Curator Lecture  4/11  VCU Depot 5-6pm

John Chaich presents a lecture on the evolution of his book, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, it’s exhibition precedent, and his experiences as a graphic designer, AIDS activist and queer art curator.



Jeanne Vaccaro – Curator Lecture  4/13 Oliver Hall, Rm. 1024 at 11am (1001 W. Main St., Physical Science Wing)

Jeanne Vaccaro is a postdoctoral fellow in Gender Studies at Indiana University. Vaccaro is currently working on the book, “Handmade: Feelings and Textures of Transgender,” which looks at the haptic and ‘felt’ labor of identity.



Cindy Baker:
Fashion Plate Workshop – 
4/12 (9-12), 4/13 (1-6)4/14 (9-12pm) – VCU Depot (814 W. Broad St)

Fashion Plate Performance Event – 4/14 6-9pm – Black Iris Gallery (321 W. Broad St)

Cindy Baker is a Canadian artist whose performance work addresses gender culture, queer theory, art theory and the implications of fat-shame. Cindy will host her Fashion Plate project, inviting student designers and garment makers to produce garments for Cindy to showcase in a fashion catwalk show that confronts the design industry’s disregard for fat and deviant bodies. Click here for more details on our Fashion Plate Events