I am a visual artist working in the fields of sculpture and fashion.
My sculptural work focuses on making life-like objects from human hair and other non-traditional fibers. I work with human hair because of its immediacy, its beauty and flaws. As an artistic material, human hair is remarkably resourceful. The material never fails to attract and repulse almost simultaneously, a response I enjoy. As I continue to work with hair, it encapsulates the survivalist notions I find compelling and am excited to explore.
While my sculptural work is quite different from my design work, both processes are meticulous and result in detailed pieces that encourage consideration of the materials.
For the label of clothing I design, STATE, I choose to use sustainable materials and local manufacturing. All garments are made in the New York Garment District, or in the STATE studio in rural Georgia. Each piece is one of a kind or part of a limited batch, and is finished off with hand cut tags, natural dyes, and hand painted patterns. STATE aims to create pieces that you wear for years – season to season, trend to trend. They’re practical, utilitarian, and unique.