The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly opens its fall exhibition season with a show by Minnesota artist and apparel designer Anupama Pasricha.
Pasricha, who was born in New Dehli, India, has lived in the U.S. for 16 years and currently chairs the Apparel, Merchandizing and Design Department at St. Kate’s. For this unique exhibition, she has designed a collection of contemporary fashions grounded in sustainability. From recycling her own sarees to utilizing hand-crafted Indian textiles that sustain the lives of the people who make them, Pasricha’s creative process is passionate and personal. She explains:
“‘Vinyasa’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘to place in a special place.’ It is widely known as a yoga sequence that focuses on the flow of physical movement to experience an awakening, consciousness and thoughtful placement. I attempt to apply this kind of self-awareness to my apparel design process. Sustainability is a core value in my aesthetic, and as an artist, I believe that designing with deep purpose illuminates the designer as an agent of change. My process, materials, and methods are consciously implemented to keep the environment and social responsibility within my perspective. My fashion designs are created to empower women who value individuality, diversity, well-being and the environment.”
The artist will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, September 9. The gallery will host a Brown Bag Q&A with the Artist on Friday, October 13, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For gallery hours and more information, please visit http://gallery.stkate.edu/.
Nicole Watson, Director
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