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About the Artist
I think of myself first and foremost as a fabric maker. I begin each piece of clothing I make by dying yards of silk with vibrant jewel tones. Then, I cut the rough shape of a garment out of muslin and lay down a large fabric mosaic, mixing my silk with a wide range of fabrics: silks, satins, cotton, velvets, wools… my aim is to create a rich collage of color and texture. I bind the fabrics together with a satin stitch. At this point I’ve created a fabric canvas on which I hand embroider and bead with an assortment of glass, pearl, and semi-precious stones. Finally, I take my fabric and sew it into a garment, always lining it with silk I’ve created or something I deem equal in quality to the outside. My thinking is that whatever is next to my skin, should be equally as good as that which people see. My designs are typically variations of traditional clothing found in every culture. These designs are based on a rectangle: a large rectangle becomes a cape or ruana, as in the teal and multicolored pieces in my portfolio. A smaller rectangle is a short wrap. A more tailored rectangle becomes a long duster vest. The clothing is simple. The fabric, however, is elegant and complex. Everything I make is one of a kind. Each piece in its singular elegance is a statement, an attitude. It is, quite simply, Fine Art to Wear.