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29 March, 2011

VCUQatar Presents Fast Forward Future: Fashioning Feral Childe

As part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar presents a lecture by Feral Childe entitled Fast Forward Future: Fashioning Feral Childe on Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 at 6:00 PM at the Atrium at VCUQatar.

Can two artists make a difference in the consumer marketplace? Feral Childe says yes! Feral Childe believes that art, style, sustainability and profitability can all co-exist and counter the tides of fast fashion. In this lecture, Feral Childe reflects on its history, interdisciplinary creative process, and the rewards and challenges of producing a sustainable apparel line in New York City.

Feral Childe is a fashion label by bi-coastal design duo Moriah Carlson (Brooklyn, NY) and Alice Wu (Oakland, CA). Both come from a fine arts background: painting (MFA, New York Studio School) and sculpture (MFA, Yale School of Art, Sculpture) respectively. As Feral Childe, the two fuse experimental creative processes, thoughtful choice of sustainable materials, and attention to quality construction to make a sought-after fashion collection of highly wearable silhouettes. Since its first wholesale collection in Fall 2006, Feral Childe has created original textile prints each season and represented the collections with projects incorporating collage, film, performance, photography and music.

Feral Childe has toured the world (Denmark, Japan, Canada), exhibiting in varied venues including Fritz Haeg's Sundown Salon, MAK Center/Schindler House, Andrea Zittel's HDTS, The Drake Hotel, Deitch Projects Art Parade, Scope Art Fair NYC, Santa Fe Art Institute, Exit Art and The Parrish Museum. The collection retails nationwide at stores such as Kaight (NYC), Candystore Collective (SF) and in Canada, Korea and Japan. Feral Childe has been featured in Nylon, Daily Candy, EcoSalon, Treehugger, Ecouterre, What Not to Wear (!) and several other publications. They have studios in both Oakland and Brooklyn, with all production done in New York's historic Garment Center.

VCUQatar’s Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who for the most part are not designers or artists but representatives of excellence in design thinking. Each speaker presents a paradigm of design thinking that seeks to evolve solutions to problems in innovative, creative ways.

‘Fast Forward Future: Fashioning Feral Childe’ is the last in the series of seven lectures and will be presented on 29 March at 6:00 PM at the atrium at VCUQatar. The lecture is open to the public. For more information please call +974 44020555 or visit www.qatar.vcu.edu.