These are the projects I have completed now, which will be uploaded to this blog soon:
- Untitled, 16”x72”, November 2010, 1 large image, 1 detail
- Dandy’s Tailcoat, size, November 2010, 3 large image, 1 detail
- Organically Rewoven, 6 6inch x 2 yard strips, assembled size dependent on environment, January 2011, 1 large image, 2 details
- Butterfly Panels, 22”x42”, 22”x22”, 22”x50”, March 2011, 3 large, 2 detail
- Flight of Fancy Wing Scarves, Butterfly, March 2011, 2 large, 1 detail
- Flight of Fancy Wing Scarves, Bat, March 2011, 2 large, 1 detail
- Flight of Fancy Wing Scarves, Bird, March 2011, 1 large, 1 detail
- Tree Cell Weaving, May 2011, 3 large shots, 2 detail
- Acanthus Tunic, May 2011, #pics tbd
- Pleated vest, May 2011, #pics tbd
- Zoo Trip Jumperskirt, May 2011, #pics tbd
Who is my target audience?
I am hoping my art can be seen by other artists and designers, people with an appreciation for and interest in fiber arts.
What is expressed?
I want to share my works from start to finish, and seek a response to them from outside the fibers department of kcai.
How will it be organized?
Chronologically, first I will update already completed projects, in order, than continue to add projects as they are progress. Posts will include large and detail shots to fully express the pieces’ personality and features, as well as comments and explanation on inspiration and goals for each work. Each post will be categorized as completed or in progress, and the tagging system will label project types as well as any series or groupings so that they can be viewed in context with each other if desired. Posts/projects will not be labeled according to the class they were created for, since that isn’t important for outsiders, however if something was created for an outside organization or contest, a label for that will be included, as well as links.
Creativity and a connection to nature were encouraged from a young age; I grew up playing in the garden and camping most of the summer and reading every book I could get my hands on. My mom taught me basic sewing skills and my brothers and I worked in the woodshop with dad. So it’s probably no surprise that I fell in love with all things art related and have moved through several different media. I started focusing on drawing in about the sixth grade, and kept that focus up through my IB art classes in high school, although I was already starting to branch out with some basic fibers and ceramics works. I started at Kansas City Art Institute with my major completely undecided, split between illustration and fibers. Foundations was a time of great exploration; it was during the life drawing workshop I took second semester that I realized drawing all day every day wasn’t nearly as fun as I had thought it would be, and the sculpture and screen-printing workshops that followed it reinforced my interest in working three dimensionally. And so I ended up in the Fibers department, where I continue to direct my work into a more focus collection.
Art for me is all about working with my hands and really experiencing the process, so techniques like hand-dying and printing fabric and drafting or draping my own patterns are very important to me. I really enjoy the freedom and sense of accomplishment of being able to take something from a mere idea to a drawing and up to a physical object.
When I am creating garments, I want them to blur the lines between costume and fashion, drawing heavily from my interest in alternative fashions and subcultures such as the Steampunk, Lolita, and Mori girl styles. Although the pieces I create may not always fit into these styles, the fairytale quality behind them is the same. Because of the extreme customization enabled by fibers techniques, I am able to create designs where the construction and surface design are co-dependent. I draw my inspiration primarily from nature and fashion history, and am always looking for new structures and patterns that can be found there.