So humbled and honored to have my work recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the CFDA+ 2016 Design Graduate distinction. "CFDA+ celebrates the creativity and design diversity of high caliber, early-phase emerging talent" & "emblemizes future design visionaries…innovators..and creators." Thank you for this incredible acknowledgement and support!
I'm so thrilled to have organized and participated in an art collaboration with two incredible artists, Ghazaleh Khalifeh and Lauren Cline . It was a beautiful experience, and the three of us will continue to make work as a collective. More information about pieces, philosophy and directions can be found at www.neartofarfrom.com. Works from the three of us will be available for purchase- add us to your collection!
Last summer, I had the great honor to be part of Signal Fire's Outpost Residency in the Mt. Hood area of Oregon. Having never spent more than a few days in the woods before, I was excited for the chance to unplug and be quiet.
The experience was elating, terrifying, and an overall humbling reminder of the force and beauty of nature.
My idea of how to work and why has completely shifted as a result of spending this time in nature. Where and what is HOME has been an emerging theme, on larger and smaller scales. Is it the things around you? A place? A feeling? A body? A connection? Real or imagined?
Ever grateful to Signal Fire for giving space for me to examine these questions.
My process lately has been of sliding back and forth between mediums, creating textures with print processes and digitally manipulating & screen printing them on yarn and then weaving the yarn into fabric. Using cast-off yarn and fabric to make collagraph print plates to continue to inform textures.
Overall, my interest has been in capturing movement and creating depth, even with one layer of print. The movement back and forth has been a result of approaching an idea from several angles to try and get to the heart of it.
When I first conceived the idea, I wanted to interview people to find how they experience the felt sense of something seen visually, whether viscerally or emotionally, possibly even verbally. For many of us, we are so influenced by what we absorb through our eyes, on levels we may not realize, it's a topic I'd love to explore more deeply.
A few of my favorite looks from the Steffie Christiaens Fall/Winter 2011 runway show in Paris. My blood, sweat and tears are in these clothes!
More press here: http://www.designcatwalk.com/steffie-christiaens/, including this shot from the entrance of the show, of me sewing a heat-transforming garment onto a specially-made sculpture with a heating element on the inside.
I made a collection inspired by the writer Anaïs Nin, who was an incredible observer of her world. The lushness and sensuality of her writing resonates with my desire to create clothing as a beautiful and pleasurable envelope to be wrapped in. I always think that there is something magical and otherworldly about our favorite pieces. They have the ability to inspire and transform.
I did experiments with photography of textures in black and white, as well as painting and dyeing fabrics black, and creating paintings of archetypes using black stain on wood. I also took inspiration from the dark and rich photography of Irina Ionesco.
"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. "-A. N.
"I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy. "-A. N.
Cut-out layer dress, Ink on paper
velvet wrap dress, ink on paper