Mary Rumsey


Inventory is a participatory project that serves as an extension of an earlier work, Yardage, by Michigan artist Mark Rumsey.

Inventory involves cataloguing used t-shirts by city and/or region to create a community profile. Each t-shirt will be assessed and added to a database recording information such as where it was made, what it was made out of, color, size, and any graphics it contains. The t-shirts then will be sorted by country of origin and neatly folded and displayed in the gallery with information about the countries they were made in. The resulting inventory information will be presented online through my website allowing viewers to compare their local results with other cities.The project is focused on developing a greater understanding of our textile use/waste stream.

About Goodwill Southern California:

Transforming lives through the power of work, Goodwill Southern California (GSC) serves individuals with disabilities or other vocational challenges, as well as businesses, by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services.  Each year, GSC prepares and places thousands of individuals into sustainable employment through programs and services offered at three campuses, Career Resource Centers, WorkSource Centers, Deaf, Youth and Veteran Employment Programs throughout Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Ave.), Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  GSC supports its mission with proceeds generated from 81 stores and 46 attended donation centers.  GSC spends 95 percent of its budget on programs and services.  Committed to caring for the earth, in 2016 GSC diverted over 100 million pounds of reusable or recyclable goods from landfills. Goodwill is GOOD for Everyone! 

The project is being supported by donations from Goodwill of Southern California