Barter Shop (2015)


The Barter Shop was installed in the Lamar Dodd School of Art's Painting & Drawing Residency Studio between August 24th and October 16th.

The goal of the Barter Shop was to position a place of creative exchange that negates monetary value in order consider the value of our goods and services in a new light. A log book was kept of all the barters, gifts, and trades that took place, including: dimensional sewing lessons for custom illustrations, custom made pants for a hand crafted beaded necklace, healing soup for rope jewelry, handmade rope for tool rental, and so on. The space also hosted a rental library, rope making services, sewing and alteration services, and a silent barter auction for handmade goods. Included in the auction were a series of rings made in collaboration with painter, Heather Foster, in which the paint left over on her brushes accumulated on rope rings for a colorful repurposing of waste that can be worn on the hand.