Copyright Cayla Skillin-Brauchle (2010-2014)

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THE REGALIA PROJECT is a contemporary and feminist update of academic regalia by artist and assistant professor of art Cayla Skillin-Brauchle. Skillin-Brauchle identies as many things: artist as absurdist, artist as activist, artist as community builder, artist as feminist, artist as researcher, artist as facilitator of creative expression and inventive problem-solving. Therefore she see’s her physical presence within the academy as an opportunity to reect upon and discuss the realities and aspirations of her academic community and, as evidenced in this project, have fun.

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This project debuted at Willamette University’s 174th Commencement on Sunday, May 15, 2016 in Salem, Oregon. As an ongoing performance, this garment will be edited yearly to react Skillin-Brauchle’s growing relationship with academia.

This project was constructed by artist, feminist, and sewing master Crystal Ann Brown. Alexandra Opie photographed the project. THE REGALIA PROJECT is generously funded by an Atkinson Faculty Research Grant from Willamette University.