Carole Frances Lung (they/ them) born San Francisco, CA 1966. Carole is an organizer, artist, and soft-power activist, who has lived in New York, Chicago, Lancaster PA, Weimar Germany and Long Beach and Los Angeles CA. Prior to joining the Antenna/Paper Machine team, Carole was a bridal gown designer and production manager for Janell Berte; an education director for the Huntington Beach Art Center, HB CA and the Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster PA; and Professor of Fashion Fiber and Materials in the Department of Art, at California State University Los Angeles. In their role as Professor, Carole developed a unique interdisciplinary theory and practice based critical craft, design, textiles and apparel curriculum, served on numerous department, college, university committees, managed student workers and lecturers, while maintaining a rigorous creative / scholarly practice.
Carole creative practice, as the biographer and archivist for their alter ego Frau Fiber, writing, curating, archiving and programming the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms (ILGWU). Currently embedded in the FFM program at Cal State LA, and relocating to New Orleans in the near future. The ILGWU is the working archive and experimental factory supporting the investigations of Frau Fiber, textile superhero. At the ILGWU, Carole and Frau Fiber facilitates an environment which reflects on the history, vocabulary and contemporary systems of textiles, apparel, transportation while reflecting on the efforts of the contemporary workers, who continue to labor at race to the bottom wages. Through this work they attempt to put cracks in capitalism through the crafting of one-of-a-kind wearables, installations, performances, and social sculpture.The work has been exhibited at Antenna, New Orleans LA; Punket Ø/Gallery 15 Moss, Norway; Corcoran Museum, Washington DC; LA Municipal Art Gallery, Craft in America Study Center, Craft Contemporary Museum and Los Angeles Contemporary Art Archive in Los Angeles CA; San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum, San Jose, CA; The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY; Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro, NC; Michener Art Museum, Doylestown PA; Jane Addams Hull House Museum Chicago, IL; Center for Craft, Asheville, NC; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti. Publications include: KCET Artbound, Art in America, and Art Papers. The work has been awarded: United States Artists fellowship, Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, Center for Craft Grant, At the Edge Gallery 400 award, and Cal State LA Faculty Fellow for the Public Good. Objects are in the collections of: Smithsonian Museum of American Art Archive, Washington DC; Wende Museum, Culver City Ca; Fashion Resource and Textile Resource Centers School of the Art Institute Chicago, Wigwam Sock Company and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI.