I believe art is an ever changing arena of thought and perspective. I use the creation process as a method to understand the world around me and facilitate the worlds understanding of me. My imagination has always been excited through the reading and viewing of various creative materials. Whether it be fantasy infused cinema or science fiction based graphic novels. My ultimate goal as an artist to provide the world with thought provoking ideas in tangible form. When I am first initiating an artistic endeavor, I document all the concepts that flow through my mind. Sketches, thumbnails, and technical flats are some of the ways I keep track of my ideas. I am now beginning to be able allow for materials such as fabric to dictate the form in which they take on and around the body.
When I work with fabric, I am reminded that concepts/ideas can be given life through concrete materials. What form these ideas take on the body can be constantly changed with the snip of scissors or the interlacing of a thread and needle. When my work is going well I feel a sense of excitement. Excitement that comes from knowing that what was in my head will now be in tangible form for all to see and experience. I often feel that the best experience is a shared. I know a garment is completed when I feel that my vision has been expressed to its fullest extent and the wearer or viewer of the garment can indentify with the character, which the garment creates.
I am attracted to characters both fictional and real, possessing a commanding presence. This presence is the same presence that I seek to recreate for the wearer of my garment, whether they are animate or inanimate objects. I desired for the wearer to feel desired themselves and to feel bold, powerful sophisticated. I have seen how clothing is able to help lift ones spirit or assist an individual in making a personal connection with others. When I am designing, it is the empowering emotion that I am seeking to recreate for my self and for the occupant of my garment. Secondly it is the connection making/producing element that I seek to reproduce for both my consumer and myself. As a designer I am most fond of a garment or piece of artwork that can allow for me to be able to connect with people and for people to connect with one another. It is through dialog and personal connection that an artist evolves.
I view garments as a way to adorn the body with ideas of strength, beauty, sexuality, cultural awareness, and pride. I seek to have all garments I design viewed as wearable art. Art that moves and changes with the body, while also bringing a sense of renewed interest to its surrounding area. It is my hope that I will be afforded the opportunity to converse with free thinking individuals who seek to increase their understanding of art and the creative process.