I want a big reveal in life. I am always hoping that there will be just a little more. When I create wearable art, I try to incorporate that “little more” in my designs. I want the viewer to look at a little closer, to see the small details or maybe find something humorous within.
Building unexpected movement or functionality into a piece is irresistible to me. Coming up with a concept, envisioning how the piece will move, and sourcing suitable materials is only the beginning. To me, working through the trial and error of making the piece functional is the really exciting part.
I try to start building from the supplies already in my studio, leftover materials from earlier projects, recyclables, and found objects. I have repurposed bridesmaids dresses, costumes, building and plumbing supplies, kids toys, maps, books, and fabric/trim remnants. I add new materials to fill the gaps.