"Sheep's Clothing" was inspired by the warning in Matthew 7:15 to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves."
Fashion shows are not common in Cleveland County, but Gardner-Webb University (GWU) is presenting one that is even more unusual than most. The clothing items for this fashion show will be made of mixed media and will be wearable sculptures that display biblical content.
Set for Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at 7 p.m. in GWU's Tucker Student Center, the Bible App fashion show is the creation of Delaware artist Stephanie Lael Barrick and is part of the GWU Distinguished Artists Series.
"My hope is that this God-honoring wearable sculpture will bring to life content from the word of God," says Barrick. "Gardner Webb students, faculty and staff will model these one-of-a-kind art garments in a unique presentation of truth, beauty and goodness. This body of work displays biblical content that explains, encourages and applies the truths of scripture to daily life and decisions."
During the fashion show, the wearable sculptures will be displayed by the GWU models walking a runway as Barrick will explain her inspiration for each piece.
"I use the written word of God to make clothing -- wearable art," says Barrick. "The content and often the physical material used in the sculptures are God's word."
One item featured in the show is a dress called "Steeped in Scripture" because it is made of tea bags to "illustrate how we should be soaking up scripture continually," according to Barrick. "As tea leaves steep, the hot water is changed as the tea integrates into it. I hope audience members will allow the word of God to change them by steeping in scripture as well."
Barrick points to 2 Timothy 3:16-17 as inspiration for this piece: "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
After the Feb. 3 show, Barrick's clothing sculptures will continue to be on view through March 26, 2020, in GWU's Ali Pouryousefi Memorial Art Gallery in Tucker Student Center. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"I hope those who see the fashion show and the exhibit will find these pieces inspiring, informative and delightful," says Barrick.
For more information about the artist and the show, visit Barrick's website at www.StephanieLaelBarrick.com.