YES Art Works has partnered with people throughout the community for an art/fashion event, Retaken – A Fashion Crawl. Scheduled for July 6 during the First Friday Art Walk in Portland and organized by Mary Jo Marquis, Art Program Manager for CWS, the event enlists professional fashion designers and seamstresses from Atelier Stitch and other local businesses to assist artists with disabilities in designing and sewing fashions for the show. All the garments will be created from recycled or repurposed materials.
Laura Serino from the Fore Front Fashion blog will help get the word out and generate enthusiasm for the event prior to the art walk. Also joining in the fun are Head Games Salon and the Regency Salon on tap to do hair and makeup for the models presenting the designs.
Venues in the heart of the arts district along Congress and High Streets will host the fashions that evening, including Atelier Stitch, Lalo Boutique, The Merchant Company, and Material Objects. Each host venue will feature two models wearing the fashions, accompanied by the artist/designer to talk about the clothing. The designs will also be auctioned the night of the event so be sure to attend and support fellow CWS members!
YES Art Works encompasses all of the arts at Creative Work Systems. We provide an array of creative opportunities for people with intellectual and other physical disabilities where unique talents can flourish, cultivating pride, confidence, and further independence as working artists.
About Creative Work Systems
Creative Work Systems is a comprehensive, not-for-profit rehabilitation agency serving people with disabilities. Established in 1967, we provide support to hundreds of people each year throughout Southern Maine. Central to each and every service we provide is the understanding that all people have a valuable contribution to make to each other and to society. Visit creativeworksystems.com.