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RAGS, Too far gone to mend: Cindy Zimmerman

Too far gone to mend, Mending is reconstruction, rag-making is deconstruction. Bring used clothing, underwear, towels, and sheets that are “too far gone to mend” –too tattered, threadbare, stained, or faded. Cindy will tear or cut off the awkward parts, then create attractive and useful rectangular shapes. You can stay to help. Leave some rags behind for others and take some from the stockpile. You might have done this anyway but you probably would procrastinate!

About the Artist

Adjunct professor, community artist, co-founder of a circus, social change activist, nonprofit and government administrator, all-around instigator, Zimmerman is the eldest of eight Catholic daughters from Oklahoma City, and became a mother while still a teenager. Kids have always figured in her art world, and she created a mural at the Golden Hill Recreation Center with 200 child collaborators, which is still on view today. She got her start as an artist at her neighborhood rec center, where nice ladies helped you glue macaroni onto cold cream jars and spray them with silver paint and got her MFA at UCSD, Visual Arts Department. Oklahoma University granted her a BFA in Fine Arts with honors before that, and she supported herself and two kids throughout her education with a series of low paying jobs, forging a lifelong commitment to social justice through education and the arts. 

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Later Event: October 28
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