hemp/silk blend dress
hemp/silk blend dress
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Custom items are designed and built to last for a lifetime and beyond, compared with factory-made items built to degrade, particularly ‘fast fashion’ items. Custom work requires a larger investment up front, but inexpensive mass-produced items drain more resources over time. Quality items prove less expensive in the long run, described by an inverse proportionality: the cost per use goes down as the number of times used goes up.
I invite you to look for the courage to buy less and buy better. If you’re ready to break from the herd, to stop investing in inherent obsolescence, and reclaim your power to shape your life and your community, investing in local custom work is a wonderful place to start. Along with craftsmanship, value and strengthening communal ties, custom work by a local designer – of any type – helps you express your individuality and supports you as you live your life like nothing factory-made ever could.
+Illustration, abstraction, conception/design, experimental patternmaking, leatherworking and metalworking courses at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion, London
+BS with Honors, Apparel Design, Art Institute, Portland
+MA, Classical Piano, Northwestern University, Chicago
+Teacher’s Diploma, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
+A sociologist father and a botanist mother. Both were fantastic clothes horses, but would never admit it.
I especially love the technical demands of motorcycle apparel, and am learning all I can about their materials and construction as I transition towards making custom moto garments. It’s not just about riding fast and looking hot. I’m determined riders will feel safe and comfortable in my garments. Short of crash-testing the clothing myself, I’m exploring the processes to test for seam strength, abrasion resistance, and puncture resistance with UK testing facility SATRA, in accordance with the CE EN 13595 personal protective equipment (PPE) safety standards.
To bring people closer to the source(s) of the textiles and garments they purchase. To help consumers reclaim their power and find the courage to tune out media images and instead tune into what they know is true for themselves about what they want and need to best live their own lives.
Garment-making requires a combination of high- and low-tech tools: pencils, paper, rulers, tape measures, as well as industry standard industrial design software and sewing machines.
More important than the tools are the one-to-one interaction and co-creation between clothier and client. The positive energy generated by people coming together to create something new and high-value is the most satisfying aspect of this work.
Custom clothes are ‘slow clothes.’ I invite you into my studio where we relax, consume refreshing beverages, and talk about your life, lifestyle, and the inspirational images you’ve brought with you. It is an iterative process, where solutions present themselves spontaneously by interaction between people and materials, and are eventually honed into the final design and construction.