Show Garments – 2006-Current
These garments were created over several years for a variety of runway shows from Alaska to Colorado. Of any of the processes I do in my studio, I have to say that creating these garments is the most fun and the most challenging. What is also fun is the ability to take a garment that has served its purpose and take it apart to make something new.
Notes on the images to the left:
- Clothed in the Colors of the Ancients was created for Spin Knit, Stitch as Show at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction CO. Dyed with organic plants collected from the desert embellished and stitched with yucca. Photograph by Chad Mahlum.
- The Wasp Bride came to life after I spent several weekends attending bridal fairs. Alaska Fiber Festival asked me to create a fairy for the “In the Garden” fashion show. I told them I don’t do fairies but would make them a winged thing… Wasp is made from fused silk fiber and real wasp nests. Photograph by Clark Mishler.
- Blowing Bubbles is the 3rd piece in the Daydreamer series. All in the series are made with dyed, heat treated poly organza and hand stitched with metal wire. Blowing Bubbles has a large knitted wire ocean plant on her shoulder. Photograph by Clark Mishler.
- Tongas was created in 2008 as part of my National Parks series. The hood is made of 30 yards of woven wool net dyed and felted. The remainder of the garment is made of silk/rayon velvet and wool laces with poly and wool yarns.
- Patchwork Winter Coat is made from hand dyed silk/rayon velvet. It has been put together and taken apart so many times that it earned its name. Patchwork was featured on the cover of GV Magazine in Grand Junction, CO for January 2014. Photograph by Chad Mahlum.