Tenderloin Community Cape Project
In 2019 Feral Fabric held a free cape-making workshop in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Inspired by the neighborhood’s history of nonconformity, which persists even today, we wanted to collaborate with residents on a series of capes that reflect that defiant difference. Participants reflected their own style, interests, and concerns in their contributions, and everyone got to pose in front of the prom-style neighborhood banner. The final works combined the interests of a vastly varying demographic in the creation of a surprisingly cohesive series of wearable artworks.
It became apparent during the course of the day that the people most interested in participating in this project were from marginal communities, and expressed interest in being seen.