Saturday August 14, @2pm – 4pm Marquette Park
Saturday August 21, @2pm Jackson Park
Saturday August 28, @2pm Garfield Park

LOCATION: stationary locations

Before & After: Mending a Life

We invite you to bring an item of clothing (or two) or household textile item that is in need of mending.  From holes in socks to button replacement, torn seams to hems (no zippers please!), we will mend together.

About Cathi Schwalbe:

Born and raised in Wisconsin – in a 130 yr old+stone house. Schwalbe came from a family of 9 children– most, comfortable using their hands and is Chicago resident for nearly 40 years.

Schwalbe completed a BFA with a sculpture concentration at UW Milwaukee in 1983.  Took additional classes at Artist Bookworks, Columbia College for the Book and Paper Arts, Lillstreet Art Center, and Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center.

Schwalbe’s capability to work part time as a Recreation Therapist/Consultant, in 1998, following graduate coursework in Recreation Therapy, aided in her ability to create a more solid art practice.  As with many, Schwalbe will be shifting her life and reorganizing priorities in a post(ish) pandemic world, and putting both feet into her art practice.

Schwalbe is a maker of objects and creator of experiences that may include mixed media, sculpture, found objects, bronze & iron, installation & site specific works all centered around issues and aesthetics related to food systems, water, agriculture, and being human.

Schwalbe has Haptic Studios for more mixed media works and has been a long time member of Lillstreet Studios at Lillstreet Art Center, though she believes art happens where the artist is. She teaches a class in the Summer at Lillstreet called The Art of Food – the class evolves every year based on a theme related to food, art, and connection.

Schwalbe’s social practice works have been born out of the need and comfort with engaging people, and understood (now) as an overlap with her recreation therapy practice.

Schwalbe adheres to the Fluxus philosophy: “The distinction between Art and Life is irrelevant.”