A prime example of Chin’s collaborative work is Flint Fit, 2018, a new commission for All Over the Place,
which features in the aforementioned section “Cruel Light of the Sun.” Envisioned in part as a response to
the Queens Museum’s 1939 room-size topographical model of the watershed for New York City, Flint Fit
connects New York City; Flint, Michigan; and Greensboro, North Carolina in time, function, and fashion.
In Flint, the water is contaminated with lead, and residents must use bottled water for cooking, washing,
and drinking, creating countless, constantly accumulating empty plastic vessels. At Chin’s instigation,
over 90,000 used water bottles were collected by the people of Flint, and sent to Unifi, Inc, a textile
manufacturer in Greensboro, North Carolina where they were cleaned, shredded and made into
REPREVE recycled fiber, and woven and knit into fabric. Michigan-born, New York-based fashion
designer Tracy Reese designed a capsule collection made from this fabric, with a focus on rain gear and
swimwear. The garments were then sewn by women sewing their way back into the workforce at the St.
Luke N.E.W. Life Center back in Flint. These designs will debut in a fashion event at the exhibition
opening and be displayed at the Queens Museum’s Watershed Gallery.
Project website: flint-fit.com