Feral Fabric Tenderloin Cape Project

In 2019 Feral Fabric held a free cape-making workshop in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Inspired by the neighborhood’s history of nonconformity that persists even today, we wanted to collaborate with residents on a series of capes that reflect that defiant difference. Participants reflected their own style, interests, and concerns in their contributions, and everyone got to pose in front of the prom-style neighborhood banner. The final works combined the interests of a vastly varying demographic in the creation of a surprisingly cohesive series of wearable artworks.

Feral Fabric is the collaboration of Paulina Berczynski and Amanda Walters. It was established in 2018 as a platform for highlighting the history of radical textile production in art, activism, and countercultural movements. We bring forward ideas, conversations, workshops, and classes that combine our interests in textiles, contemporary art, and personal and cultural transformation.