Clothes Tell the Stories

East Austin art installation shows — and tells — the stories behind the clothes we wear

East Austin art installation tells the stories behind clothes we wear

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

Clothes do more than just show our style. What we wear provides insight into our personal stories, histories and culture.

With his exhibit Clothes Stories, artist Johnny Walker gives the public an opportunity to tell the stories behind the clothes we wear. In partnership with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Walker created a community art installation during EAST 2014’s Arts In Context party at Big Medium’s Canopy studios in East Austin. Participants selected a garment and crafted a single narrative to tell the meaning behind the clothes. The result was an emotional examination of our garments, and the visual ways in which we tell our personal stories.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Clothes Stories taps into the meaning and nostalgia we prescribe to the things we wear. Photo by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS