New Home, New Me

Added on by Christine Rebich.

The scoop has gotten sweatier, I have relocated to Viva Las Vegas, the desert, USA.

Photo from my fall exhibition Hex Party at C3Lab. Charlotte, NC.

Photo from my fall exhibition Hex Party at C3Lab. Charlotte, NC.

Previous to my recent move to Las Vegas, I spent a month working with Ringling Brothers doing wardrobe and living on a train. It was charming none the less, but I chose to return home to be with my husband and go back to working with tutu.com doing what I love, costuming. Myself and two other amazing artists held an art exhibition we called Hex Party. Taylor Williams is a rather hilarious but very serious illustrator. I thoroughly enjoy her art and the many collaborations she takes part in. Our other artist from the show, Avery Rose Glenn, is a magical being sharing her abstract paintings with us. She is currently traveling the states working with artist communities. Please check these bad luck babes out and keep them on your artists to watch list.

photo by Austin Caine from Condom Couture Charlotte, NC. model Janine Atkinson.

photo by Austin Caine from Condom Couture Charlotte, NC. model Janine Atkinson.

My most favorite annual project is Condom Couture. Designers make wearable art from 1000+ condoms with colors of their choice, and the pieces are auctioned off. The proceeds from the event are for Planned Parenthood of the Southeast. My modern Cruella Deville condom jacket was auctioned for $1,100!!! So now that I am in Las Vegas, Sin City, Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll, I have decided to be a part of starting Condom Couture Southwest. The number one goal for Planned Parenthood here is educating children and teens with sex ed. It is currently not in the schools and is very much needed. Next year is the 100th year of Planned Parenthood! Keep and eye out for Condom Couture in Las Vegas!

Spirit Catchers and Soul Catchers above Salt Installation from Hex Party at C3Lab.

Spirit Catchers and Soul Catchers above Salt Installation from Hex Party at C3Lab.

I am thrilled to be moving forward and excited to explore my new city. At the same time I am so grateful for everyone back in Charlotte that has supported my art and collaborated with me. First to be recognized is Stash Pad Vintage. The owner Corrie is currently selling what is left of many of my art garments. You can purchase one of a kind originals by yours truly from the shop! Also there is Linzy Sides, photographer in Charlotte, NC. She is exploring some weirdo fashion photography and loves to use my pieces. I have been fortunate to work with Jeremy Hamilton, one of Charlotte's best tattoo artists and photographers. He really knows how to handle color. His alien wife, Kenzie Hamilton is incredible with color as well through her hair and makeup skills. This couple knows how to carpe diem in style. A shout out to Graham Morrison, who shoots the most eye catching candy photos you will lay your eyes on. I am super appreciative for this group of active artists who have a passion for collaborating and sharing whats good in the hood. 

 My original plexiglass dress how it was intended. Photo by Jeremy Hamilton. Model Kenzie Hamilton.

 My original plexiglass dress how it was intended. Photo by Jeremy Hamilton. Model Kenzie Hamilton.

So here I am in Las Vegas. I am still searching for a job to boost my career, or whatever is about to happen in my future. I am so ready to collaborate with other artists and photographers in the region. I have also made a decision to be more aware of our finite resources and the environment we live in and apply this to my upcoming work. Let's keep in mind, reduce, reuse recycle! Stay tuned folks!!!

The extravagant voids that remained after I moved out of my apartment of 3 years. Art made from nothing, made from something.

The extravagant voids that remained after I moved out of my apartment of 3 years. Art made from nothing, made from something.

Summer 2015

Added on by Christine Rebich.

So here's the sweaty scoop on summer 2015.

photo by: Enid Valu

photo by: Enid Valu

I have been published in Stars & Stripes, The American Flag in Contemporary Art! This is a wonderful collection of artists from all over presenting their work focused on the American flag as the subject matter. The variety of mediums range from bras to hotdogs to dollar bills. I am so proud to be along side all of these artists showing off my wiener flag. 

Local creatives group, Culture Initiative, showcased me as their recent featured creative! I had a great studio visit from Katie Kirchner who captured not only my library/music room/writing room/studio space, she also got some great photos of my assistant and roommate, the cat. Kasey Murray interviewed me, though her interview wasn't one of those q and a kind, we actually sat and discussed modern art and our local art scene here in Charlotte, NC. Culture Initiative hosts some incredible art events and encourages everyone to Experience Life!

I finally started an Etsy where you can purchase some of my wearable art garments as well as other crafty items that I like to create in my free time. Please share with all your gogo dancing friends, drag queens, art gallery snobs, photoshoot crazy photographers, anyone that might have an interest in owning one of my pieces! You will be the life of the party for sure.

photo by: Enid Valu model: Felicia Julien

photo by: Enid Valu

model: Felicia Julien

So currently, I am focusing on my art, trying to make space for new art, and figuring out career wise what to do with my art. My husband and I are looking to move to Vegas sometime soon, so I would love to pick up some work there! 

A few more fun and informative things:

Fellow fiber artist, Andrea Vail, has started an ongoing collaborative project called Friendge. You get to make tassels and send them via snail mail or meet for coffee and make a friend and contribute to a piece of art! You won't regret being a part of something bigger. 

There is a fairly new space in Charlotte, NC called C3Lab. They provide studio spaces, office spaces, desk areas, and a gallery for all creatives to share their vibes in one building. I highly recommend checking it out sometime, they love visitors and fresh new ideas and artists!

Charlotte also has a unique pop up gallery called The Dwelling. Artists exhibit their work in a home setting and invite the public to come to a more intimate setting rather than the usual white wall gallery. This is a genius way to get art and people outside of a gallery and challenge the experience of viewing art. 

photo by: Enid Valu

photo by: Enid Valu

Stay tuned for more up close and personal updates! You never know, maybe I'll be making Miley Cyrus' next bizarre plastic show garment! Cheers! -Christine Rebich