Wearable Art Transformed
Wearable Art Transformed Into Runway Fashion Art.
I'm excited that the nine garments I set out to create into runway fashion art for Carbondale's fashion show – Transformation are finished and ready to walk. The name of the collection is What Was – Isn't Anymore. My goal – take completely apart most of the garments that walked the runway last year and free a whole new set of designs from the same fabrics and cut pieces. Can't tell you how satisfying it is to take a beautiful piece and shred it with a pair of scissors and watch it magically change into something else entirely. You can view some of the pieces in their previous forms in my portfolio of show garments.
Poor tired Wasp Bride. She has had so many new repairs done that her fabric was starting to look like the wasp nests that had been abandoned to the elements. She deserved a decent burial before someone else said they wanted her to walk the catwalk again.
From Wasp bride come The Children of Wasp Bride – a daughter and a son. Modern children who like to shop, eat good food and generally are not into that "sting-y thing" that drove their mother. They have attitude but don't share their mother's anger. Wasp's jacket is now a skirt, her skirt now a jacket and a vest. Neither children wanted the wings anymore preferring to walk where ever they go. Daughter of wasp is sold so she will stay the way she is. Son might want more adornment. There is enough fiber left in the Wasp Bride to clothe at least two more children.
Ice has more transformations than any other garment. She's on her 5th reincarnation and probably has a few more lives left in her. Ice walked as Tango on Ice in Carbondale's Green is the New Black 2015
Before Tango, there were two wall hangings, a short coat and a long coat.
So from a lineage of several incarnations comes Ice with her consort Fire.
Also on the runway at Carbondale's Green is the New Black 2016 show Transformation is the transformed Tongass National Forest. Created in 2014 for the Alaska Fiber Festival, Tongass is now three garments.
From Tongass comes three garments. Fire from the outer coat shell. dyed and hand stitched rayon silk velvet rouched (straight stitches pulled tight to create puckers and texture). The vest was sculpted on a mannequin. Complete with rakish cap.
From Tongass National Forest (a mushroom with lots of moss) comes Fungal and Funguy. A stylish and organic pair. He sports a jacket made from a pair of Thai Wrap Pants split down the front with the legs as sleeves tucked up at the shoulder. Add the felted wool collar and the harem pants made from Tongass' jacket lining and voila – a marvelous, comfortable and ageless garment.
Fungal's top is also made from a separate pair of Thai wrap pants. Her accessories are the bling bag are made of Tongass' hood and lining. Finish her look with a fused silk fiber flower
Wearable art doesn't get any more fun than taking apart a loved piece to make multiple loved pieces. Introducing "Patchwork Winter Coat" transformed to "At the Cowboy Poetry Reading Semifinals". I love my rayon silk velvet. There is nothing like it for siren colors. Hand dyed and stitched – the colors vibrate like no other fabric.
Patchwork went from elegant to dude western. Who knew that one coat could produce two pairs of chaps and two tunic tops.
The last garment added to the Carbondale Green is the New Black show is Surf & Sand. This garment was transformed from Athena Rising from the Bag – a garment completely created through deconstructing rather than constructing. Athena was created from a knitted bag used to ship a sea kayak.
From Athena comes Surf & Sand. I dyed the white fabric to blues and greens, covered it with the brown tunic and sewed it to a silk undergarment for easy on and off.