A time lapse recording of the performance ’24 Hours at the Sweatshop’ a sole worker (Jay Hutchinson) labours to produce Free T-Shirts for 24 hours in an empty inner city shop space in Lower Hutt. The action began at 12:00pm 6 March and was completed at 12:00pm 7 March 2015. This performance was part of the Common Ground Hutt City Public Art Festival 2015. For more information commongroundfestival.org.nz
Images of works and the installation of Jay Hutchinson’s exhibition My Little Pony and Friends on at Absolution in Christchurch until Saturday 28 March 2015…couldn’t get a good enough image of the My Little Pony Embroidery will upload it separately
Common Ground: Hutt Public Art Festival presents a performance project by Jay Jay Hutchinson ’24 Hours at the Sweatshop’ intended to provoke discussion about the everyday products that fill our lives; how they are produced, consumed and disposed of.
The artist will create a simulated sweatshop in an About Space empty shop space in the CBD of lower Hutt (211 High Street). He will remain in the space for 24 hours with only six ten-minute tea breaks, replicating sweatshop conditions experienced by workers overseas. The artist will cut fabric from a roll, sew together the garment, print an image on it before placing the garment on a rack. The audience will then be invited to take the product, as long as they do not enter into a system of exchange. ie. they are not allowed to give the artist anything in return.
for more information go to commongroundfestival.org.nz
‘My Little Pony and Friends’ is a play on the awkward physiological progression of the male child into adolescence. When childhood fantasy dissolves and another emerges.
This exhibition includes nine new works, eight hand-embroidered textile pieces depicting vandalised superheroes and Disney princesses and the recently completed ‘My Little Pony’. The pony took over 500 hours to hand stitch, making it his largest and most intensive work to date.
Exhibition opens 6:00pm on Monday the 2/3/15 at ABSOLUTION, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch, New Zealand