Mural Proposal: Sewing in Dayton
Sewing is a growing industry in Dayton for industrial sewist employees, fashion designers, and sewing entrepreneurs.
At least one sewing manufacturing facility is moving its production from out-of-state to Dayton because of the Dayton Sewing Collaborative (The DSC: A non-profit workforce development training center and makerspace) and the DSC will be the exclusive trainer for its new hires.
This mural is forward looking toward a growth industry with increasing value for skilled labor, and it would be fantastic to have a downtown mural celebrating sewing.
Digital rendering of inner light objects on proposed site.
Mural Proposal: Loaded Fork
The design of a fork loaded with fresh food is inspired by the Leigh Garage architecture, and my year of personal art practice dedicated to the Gem City Market Co-operative, a community powered project bringing a full-service grocery store to Salem Avenue in West Dayton.
With fresh food on the brain, the column architecture of the Leigh Garage immediately brought to mind a fork. With plenty of flat surface to fill-out with lettuce, strawberry, tomato, cucumbers, broccoli, spinach, blackberry, red onion, and bell pepper— the loaded fork is a vibrant reminder of the attractive deliciousness of fresh foods.
My hope is that such a mural will get fresh food on more people’s brains. Perhaps the multi-story mural, in a itsy-bitsy way will influence healthy choices, and leave openings for dialogue about the food insecurity that many of our Dayton neighbors face on a daily basis, with an optimistic sight on community powered solutions.