Content My current work involves creating garments/skins that are metaphors for experiences, memories or societal roles. These skins or hides can be conceptually shed or worn. I am ultimately interested in how identity is constructed and try to make sense of power and vulnerability through the construction of psychological outfits. This work helps me question cultural roles.
The housedress in this show uses scale to signify the strength and influence my mother and grandmothers had in our family. Perhaps the piece may also suggest the contributions of matriarchs on a universal level.
Process/Materials I make the skin from dress pattern paper fused to plastic sheeting with acrylic polymer.
I use actual patterns when it fits the content or make yards of the skin on unprinted paper I acquired from Simplicity Pattern Company and invent my own patterns. The pattern in the apron uses actual ration stamps from World War II. The process of sewing is comforting and easy for me. My mother taught me how to sew and I use her machine and many of the objects that she used when she made clothing and quilts for her family.