LACE Fellow Feature: Lucy Crelli
Nov 7, 2016 by Caroline Humphrey
Follow the journey of our Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) Fellows as they are featured in blog posts through out the year! Here they will share their experiences and the amazing work they complete at main service sites. Main sites are non-profits in the Providence community that Fellows have chosen to complete 150 hours of service at.
Lucy Crelli: Sojourner House
Hello, everyone! My name is Lucy, and I am a senior studying Apparel Design with a concentration in Race, Sexuality, and Gender. I have been a LACE Fellow for two years already, and I will continue to serve at Sojourner House as my site for my third and final year. When I first started at Sojourner, I was trained in the handling of domestic violence, and I went on to work at their Safe House monitoring the hotline and helping out with daily tasks. I hope to spend this year becoming more accustomed to the Safe House and having more interactions with the clients.
I chose Sojourner House as my site because I am passionate about advancing gender equity, specifically combatting sexual violence against women. I engage with this issue in my artwork, my campus activism, my classes, and my everyday life. I am a strong believer in the power of the arts to advance social justice, and I plan on using my career after RISD using design-thinking and community-building to solve social issues.
As a senior, I am also working on my thesis project, which is a collection of 8 looks to be presented at the end of the year. Because I use my work as an investigation into how apparel design can shape a narrative and reclaim an identity, my formalwear collection uses the design elements of a bra (a highly politicized garment) to reconstruct the representation of female sexuality and bodily autonomy. This year, I am hoping that my time at Sojourner House will complement and inform my artistic practice as well.