This month, our curated collection of workwear is modeled by strong women of the Pittsburgh art world. Business as usual is anything but ordinary for these well-rounded gals, meaning a typical day calls for chic and versatile pieces that go from office to opening – all while exhibiting their unique style. Of all the marvelous things they’ve achieved, their magnum opuses are the profound impacts they’ve had in their field and in their communities.
Meet Nina Barbuto
Assemble, Director and Founder. I founded Assemble in 2011. Assemble envisions diverse neighborhoods of empowered people who create, connect, learn, and transform together. We build confidence through making by uniting communities of artists, technologists, makers, and learners.Assemble is a community space for arts and technology located in Garfield, in the East End of Pittsburgh. Assemble unites artists, technologists, and makers with our neighbors of all demographics and provides a platform for experiential learning, open creative processes, and building confidence through making. Through dedicated daily after school, weekend, and summer programs, Assemble provides a space for children and adults to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM)-based activities in a fun, relaxed environment. We provide a space for learning, community, and public art to improve the quality of life for Garfield residents.
What are a few fun facts about yourself?
I love unicorns and rainbows.
I have sold ice cream from a bicycle in LA.
My dog, Ruby, loves being fashion forward and a princess pitbull.
I also have worked in Architecture for a long time.
EVERY WAY! Art is how we communicate as humans. Everyday we make communication choices to how we want others to perceive us and how we perceive ourselves. It’s about what costume you identify with for that moment. Costume being anything you wear on your body. To quote RuPaul, “We are born naked, and the rest is drag.”