Lamar Dodd School of Art Graduate Student, Courtney McCracken is receiving a great deal of attention for her work with the annual Georgia Sewn expo, which encourages sustainability in the fashion industry and her social project entitled Athens Free School.
Georgia Sewn required almost an entire semester of research into sustainability topics like agriculture that just went “deeper and deeper” in terms of complexity. “Even with the hours I’ve put into it, I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface,” McCracken is quoted as saying by Holly Roberts of the Red & Black. Holly further writes of Cracken's (Collaboration) with three other local artists —Ry McCullough, Zipporah Thompson, and Lindsay Pennington — three pieces presenting the life cycle of a garment from agriculture, reuse, to waste were featured in the expo. This was done using only 100% regionally sourced or reclaimed materials and created for “connecting local designers to local manufacturers in order to strengthen the local garment industry.”
Holly delves further into "McCracken’s other main passion (at the moment is) more of a social project entitled Athens Free School. Described as a “learning network by and for the community,” this project lists out free community classes in calendar form, encouraging compassion and autonomy."
“It’s anything from mask-making to dancing to bread-baking and anarchism 101,” McCracken says. Click here to read the full article in the Red & Black.
The Red and Black Artist Spotlight is one of many articles featuring McCracken this Spring. Find out more by following these links: