For over a decade, interdisciplinary artist Alyce Santoro has spun recycled cassette tape into “audible textiles” that play back under a tape head. Woven on antique looms in a family-run textile mill in New England, her Sonic Fabric has graced everything from neckties to red-carpet-ready bustiers. Now, for a limited time, Santoro is offering purses made from sound collages based on life in New York City—a way to raise money for a new batch of Sonic Fabric she plans to produce with community weavers in Mexico.
Lined with brightly colored raw silk, each bag can be purchased for $120 (half-price if you pre-order now) or as a perk when you make a $200 tax-deductible contribution at United States Artists before August 30.
For every $2,000 donation, Santoro will whip up 20 yards of Sonic Fabric with the soundtrack of your choice.
Feeling generous? For every $2,000 donation, Santoro will whip up 20 yards of Sonic Fabric with the soundtrack of your choice. Plus, you’ll be in good company; the City of Culture in Galicia, Spain has commissioned Santoro to create custom yardage using sounds from the capital of Santiago de Compostella. Students at the University of Vigo will fashion the playable fabric into garments in December.