“Your body is a structure upon which sacrifices and offerings shall be made for spiritual advancement. Altar clothing assumes the belief in worshiping what you wear and transformation will ensue. Each design is a testament to your sanctity.”
I lived in Japan for a year and a half.
My favorite artist/fashion designer is Anne Von Freyburg.
I have a tattoo of her artwork on my arm.
I have a penchant for finding playing cards on the ground, which I consider good luck.
What got you started crafting?
I joined a handmade clothing collective named "Fasten" in Milwaukee, WI in 2004. It started as a booth at a weekend market and eventually we opened a storefront. Along with the store we did many fashion/art shows as well as workshops and other events which I was involved in for two years before moving to Japan. In Japan I continued to sell my wares online and at a vintage and designer shop named "Rainbow".
What is your source of inspiration?
There are so many! My main source comes from the artists around me, including those I find online. I also get inspiration from history, literature, film and traveling. The MFA program I am currently enrolled in is a source of inspiration as well as the city of New Orleans, that is a big one.
What have you made recently?
I've recently acquired and abundance of amazing vintage patterns. I've been experimenting with using those to create more modern pieces. Every time I use a pattern I end up digressing and changing it to fit my own style more closely, be it a change in the neckline, a bow tie or detailed stitching. A recent creation came from a simple A-line dress pattern which I made with super soft stretch knit fabric and finished with a fabric lace collar and leather pockets. These details usually occur mid-way through the process, as I see the piece come to life I get a better idea of what I want it to be. Of course photographing it is a very important part of the process since that is the main way customers will see my product, so that also plays a role in creating the personality of each design.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
Currently I sell my designs by mail order in my Etsy shop.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade is so much better than mass produced! Pieces are one of a kind or few and far between. Designs can get really creative and are much more unique than those found in chain stores. Plus buying handmade is supporting independent artists and designers rather than giving more money to giant corporations that already have enough.