Art to wear is the ultimate means of expressing my creativity, combining my skills of painting, patternmaking and sewing into one piece of art. I love the craftsmanship of starting with a solid white piece of fabric and embellishing it with dyes, paints, and threads, then taking that flat fabric and sculpturing it into a three dimensional object. Ethnic garments, intricate haute couture sewing and designers such as Vionnet, Etre and Ralph Rucci inspire me.
I’ve been working in art and fashion since I was juried into the San Diego Conservatory of Art while still in high school. The passion I have for drawing and painting developed into a career as a watercolor artist. My fashion interests led to a thirty-year career as a designer and production patternmaker in the garment industry.
In 2007, I was chosen as one of 43 individuals to design for the 75th Anniversary Bernina Fashion Show at the Houston International Quilt Festival. My turquoise ball gown of 75 individual stitched diamond held in suspension with crystals, “Infanta in Diamonds”, won Viewers Choice. I was a finalist in the “Inspired by Threads Magazine Challenge” at the American Sewing Expo in Michigan with my “Misty Swirl Jacket”, in September. My “Misty Swirl Jacket” was also selected for the international “Wearable Expression’s Exhibit” at the Palos Verde Art Center in February of 2008.
I’ve been exhibiting at the Art-A-Fair Festival since 1993. Hand dyed silk chiffons, painted and quilted jackets with couture contemporary finishes can be seen in my booth at Art-A-Fair this summer along with my watercolor paintings. My silk chiffon wraps can also be purchased at SAKS Fifth Avenue in Dubai, UAE.