Carole Frances


Carole Frances Lung
Social Practice & Performance Artist
Long Beach, CA
2019 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Carole Frances Lung is an artist, soft power guerilla activist, Associate Professor of Fashion Fiber and Materials at California State University Los Angeles, and archivist and biographer of Frau Fiber. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Lung activates a vocabulary of fashion and textile production and consumption, crafting of one-of-a-kind garments, installations, performances, and social sculptures that pay homage to labor, textile and apparel manufacturing histories and contemporary production systems. Her performances have been exhibited at San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum, Craft in America Study Center, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has been published in KCET Artbound, Surface Design Journal, Art in America, and Art Papers. She has been awarded a Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, a Craft Creativity and Design Center Grant, the At the Edge Gallery 400 award, the Fred A. Hillbruner Artist Book Fellowship, and is a Faculty Fellow for the Public Good. Lung maintains the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s headquarters and experimental factory, in downtown Long Beach, CA.

Portrait photo by Christine Tarkowski.

  • KO Enterprises: The American Brand, 2010. Bicycle powered sewing machine and Forever 21 knock-off shirt pieces, performance of Labor on the streets of Los Angeles. Part of Make/Craft exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. Photo credit Carole Frances Lung.
  • In Your Factory Are the Door Locked: 12 hours of production, 2015. Annual Triangle Shirt Waist Commemoration and performance of labor producing Triangle Shirt Waist blouses by Faux Fraus at Thank You For Coming. Presented by Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms and Thank You For Coming. Photo credit Carole Frances Lung.
  • Frau Fiber Vs. the Machine: circular knitting, 2015. Video Still of Frau Fiber's attempt to knit a tube sock as fast as the machine. Created during the John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry residency. Photo credit Carole Frances Lung.
  • KO Enterprises: Labor Behind the Label, 2008. Frau Fiber at the conclusion of eight hours of unpaid overtime, during knock off production of Heart Shaffer and Marx suits, the symbol of the white collar uniforms. Supported by Gallery 400, Chicago IL.