Working with the beautiful, sumptuous, and sometimes rare materials of millinery, I create one-of-a-kind wearable pieces that articulate the personality and mood of the wearer while setting a modern example of careful craftsmanship and slow fashion.
I have long been drawn to textiles and clothing as a means of creative self-expression. In my previous life, I was a pastry chef and helped launch and run a successful digital fabric-printing company but in the meantime, I also raised a few children and often made clothing, toys and quilts--and pastries--for them. Making things for my family was both a creative outlet and a way of making our home life feel cozy and inviting, plus it was very gratifying. Little kids really love it when you make them unique things that no one else has or has ever even seen before.
I find deep satisfaction in making beautiful things to wear, and this is particularly true for me with making hats. I was briefly a sculpture major in college and at its best, millinery is really a form of sculpture that happens to be both portable and wearable. To shape a hat, I must steam the foundation materials to soften them, then mold and drape them by hand, pinning and taking tiny, invisible stitches to hold a shape. There is a meticulous and meditative quality to the time-consuming hand-stitching required in millinery, and I love that part of the process. Learning and preserving old millinery techniques, many of which are falling away from us now in our disposable-fashion society, are also a part of my practice.