Who Are We?
We are independent artists and designers based in Pittsburgh, working collectively as JM Design Studio, who are in opposition to Trump's Wall and the xenophobic hysteria of his administration. Together we are an all-women team of three, Tereneh Idia, Leah Patgorski, and Jennifer Meridian, who formed in the early months of the Trump administration. Our combined strength is rooted in our individual capabilities and successes. Tereneh Idia is an internationally based fashion designer and founder of Idia'Dega, a global eco-design collaboration with OMWA: Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya and The Beading Wolves, an Oneida family of artisans. Leah Patgorski is an artist and designer working with sculpture and site-specific textile installations. Jennifer Meridian is a visual artist working with drawing, sculpture, and performance. We are continually grateful for the research and planning assistance of Selina Lee, a student at Carnegie Mellon University.
What Are We Doing?
We are making creative resistance work that is committed to staying in step with the Trump administration's push to build and fund the border wall. Our first action was Phase One, in April 2017, when we submitted our anti-wall, non-wall designs to bid on The Other Border Wall Prototypes through Customs and Border Protection's Request for Qualifications. Our ideas went viral and included a wall of hammocks, lighthouses, and pipe organs for an imagined border of safety, humanitarian relief, and creativity.
In January 2018, we announced Phase Two. This includes the Request for Designs for the Other Border Wall; a group exhibition and partnership with Flatland Gallery in Houston, TX with public designs and artworks; a growing archive of voices and visions on this website; connecting with new allies and partners along the border and elsewhere; presenting the work at the College Art Association conference in LA; and site visits to the eight government-funded prototypes.
The show at Flatland Gallery will run February 17 - March 30, 2018, and we are accepting submissions from the RFD up through Feb. 10 to be part of the show. See full guidelines on our Submissions Page.
The Other Border Wall Prototypes Exhibition at Flatland Gallery
Houston TX, February 17 - March 30, 2018
1709 Westheimer Road
Opening night: Saturday Feb 19, 6-9pm
11-5 Monday - Friday
Weekends by appt