Be a part of this year’s Fermentation Fest by contributing to Wisconsin artist Brenda Baker’s piece, Monday is Wash Day. Baker, a returning DTour artist from Madison, is creating a ¾ mile laundry line on the route this year, made up in part, of colorful donated clothing by local residents, along with colorful stories about selected items.
Monday is Wash Day celebrates this important, historical and undervalued part of rural domestic life, typically done by women, while also calling out the environmental benefits of hanging laundry, the sheer beauty of clothing and bedding blowing in the wind, and the meditative practice that hanging laundry inspires.
Bags of clean laundry can be dropped off at the Wormfarm Institute office, 28 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, 2nd floor between August 15th -21st and August 31st – September 4th, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, 9am – 5pm.
Your bag of no longer needed clothing, bedding or towels will be used for the installation, and then passed along to the local St. Vincent de Paul or other Sauk County charities for distribution to those in need after the event. Baker is especially looking for colorful lightweight sheets. If there is a story you’d like to share about one or more of your items of clothing, please pin your name, contact info and a short description to that item.
For more information about Brenda Baker and her installation, Monday is Wash Day, visit her page on the Fermentation Fest website.