"Fixing things can be both innovation and a response to the ravages of globalization, either through reuse as a counter narrative to disposability, or a resistance to the fetish of the new, or as a connection to a material world that is increasingly automated and remote." -Max Liboiron
This series of compositions in wool and natural fiber are constructed from garments that have reached the end of their practical lives. Through improper care and an air of disposability, these garments were at best bound for a low value cycle of global resale but more likely to be disregarded as garbage. Evoking a manufactured arial landscape as well as piecework familiar to many craft traditions, embodied energy of land, animal, individual and industry is honored. Through time, labor, and consideration, a new heirloom is born to offer warmth once again.
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steel, silk, vintage buttons, 2014, 14"x6"x6"
Hand formed and stitched lighting element built to commemorate the first year of marriage. Assembled from hand made silk components left over from the custom dress.
Prototype for a slowly disposable sidewalk chess set. This playful take on the classic game is meant to encourage players to be outside engaging with their neighborhood in a new way. 32 hand modeled pieces cast in dyed plaster. 2009
Decon, waste ldpe and stainless steel, 2010, 13"x13"x10"
The lamp is constructed as a flexible grid taking fabrication cues from the rigid flexibility of chain-link fence . Plastics and other synthetic materials, uniquely modern are perceived as disposable yet most will far outlast the human timescale. Taking cues from structures found in nature, the form reveals beauty in such materials, allowing one can begin to perceive value in a different way.
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Sculpture, prototypes, and custom garments
concrete study, 2011, 12x12x3
Fabric cast concrete prototype for a scalable permeable paving system. Developed as part of a materials investigation into concrete alternatives as a permeable paving option to mitigate storm water run off in the city of Savannah, GA. Production looks to fly-ash concrete technologies, eliminating the need for portland cement.
brainstorm, 2005, 40x28x28
Three dimensional body extension. Steel, typewritter parts.
custom bridal and menswear, 2013
Design/build for two very special clients on their wedding day.
sweeping force 3881, 2007, 30'x14'x8'
A study in mapping, this installation consists of cut paper soldier silhouettes, equal to the amount of Coalition Force casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Silhouettes were added as the conflict continued while the piece was on display. 3881 was the number of the deceased on the day of installation.
Hand formed plastic bodice and collar with illuminated finpack. Made for Julie Teymore's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013). Costume design by Constance Hoffman.
study in process, 2006, 72x38x28
Examination of form, depth, and light. Assemblage in tension created through the tying of thousands of knots over hundreds of hours. Steel, monofiliment line.
untitled, welded steel, 2007, 48x32x30
Three dimensional rendering by hand with arbitrary elements. The assemblage was done very quickly over the course of a few hours without detailed sketches.
small structures collar no. 2, 2010
Waste hardware, vintage glass, silk and interfacing offcuts.