Welcome to Carni Closet! Carni closet is a costume library, costume exchange and work space based on the idea of collective ownership. WE are carnies—a local and global community of travelers, punks, performers, artists outcasts freaks queers and penny pinchers … we work for little money or for free and we make what we wear and use. We hope to encourage re-use and creation instead of consumerism, to use and reuse the THINGS we already have. We know that we can make beautiful THINGS from the RESOURCES already around us. Many of us work for very little money or for free and don’t have the luxury to buy new costumes for every performance or new art supplies and materials for every work of art. We hope that we can put our heads and our resources together so that we can collectively own some of the THINGS we tend to need often … wigs, crayons, metal scraps, paints and much more.
We believe in a society based on sharing of resources that is both utilitarian and beautiful. We believe that fashion is art worn on our bodies and does not have to contribute to consumerist society. As artists we have the resources we need at our fingertips. As creative people we can share and re-use them to our advantage!
Carni Closet is dedicated in loving memory to Tomek Mankiewicz, KEMOT (1978 – 2009)