Before 2010, the dParty was a small, designer networking event, which occurred during the annual Common Boston festival. Mary transformed the dParty into a major arts event, quadrupling attendance. A key to the event’s success was its fun, interactive theme. Partygoers were required to come dressed in head-to-toe monochrome or pay a fee to rent a monochrome outfit. Mary, in collaboration with MIT PhD candidate Brandon Roy, constructed inflatable dressing rooms to ease guests’ costume changes. She worked with Boomerangs, a local used clothing charity, which loaned Common Boston hundreds of solid color garments that Mary hung in a color-ordered display in the venue. The party was a huge success, and set the bar high for all dParty events to come.
Year Completed: 2010
Role: Organizer / Installation Artist
Client: Common Boston / Boston Society of Architects
Location: Boston, MA
Photo Credit: Julie Chen
Color ordered clothing installation. Clothes donated by Boomerangs.