Artist: Mimi Haddon

Exhibition: MFA Fiber Art

Media: Fiber Art

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West


Instagram: @mimihaddon

Mimi Haddon is currently an inspiring artist trying to reach her goal of a MFA degree in the School of Art’s Fiber Arts program. Her art is inspired by indigenous cultures and how they can create something beautiful out of something forgotten. She began working with T-shirts about a year ago and has been fascinated with the art of braiding , weaving and knotting ever since. She explained to us that one of the reasons she became involved with this was because she wanted to enhance what she knew about costume making. Mimi Haddon’s art really spoke to me when she explained on how mind blowing it is that an artifact that goes through such a long process to create can be so easily discarded after one wear. She explained that she has been a victim of wearing a T-shirt for one day and then donating it the next which is why she wanted to find a way to convert them into something beautiful.

While talking to Mimi, one can really see how passionate she is about her work. She talked about her materials as if they had feelings and personality. She explained to us that before creating her masterpieces she had to dissect the shirts and identify the different parts to establish a relationship with her fabric. She chose the color of the 100 shirts specifically in order to look at the different characteristics of each color. She also gave us some knowledge on how putting the fabric together can be very different based on the technique you use such a sewing or weaving.

Personally I really enjoyed Mimi’s exhibit because I knew that all of her art was made from recyclable shirts that someone else has donated. Not only has she mastered how different techniques of sewing, braiding , and knotting can give a different approach to her art but she has also figured out what time of piece goes better with that technique. She created beautiful art with someone else’s memories. Think about all the T-shirts you have gotten from high school or a job and imagine creating something totally new and meaningful. THAT is art.