It all started when...
I had more clothes than I knew what to do with and nothing to wear. My whole life people were always giving me hand-me-downs and it wasn't enough that they fit me or seemed like new. They needed to be a style I could embrace. I made one blouse out of many, and altered pants by adding racing stripes to the pant legs to make them a bigger, bell shaped, or the opposite, a tapered pant leg. Sometimes I added another waistband above the one already there to make them high waisted or cut it off and frayed the raw edge. Then most of all, I made an outer layer or vest.
Working my whole adult life in the fashion industry as a Patternmaker for iconic fashion brands I had access to tons of fabric and notions being thrown away. Sometimes I couldn't bare to see the goods go to waste. Although I had access to fashion from where I worked it was not always what I wanted to wear.
The creativity afforded by the deconstruction movement led me to become an Artwear Artist. My work made its way into exhibits while I sold my wares at artisinal craft shows, and Museum gift shops. I became an expert on recycled fashion and was asked to judge contests and the like.
I was making well-made clothing with many functional pockets, but flattering at the same time, because of the fit and tailoring. The one-off vests, skirts, and dresses were perfect for a busy schedule of work, running around with kids, and still presentable for an Art opening, a play, volunteering, or a last minute dinner date.
People continue to give me their clothing, if I come across a garment that seems perfect as is, it gets donated to one of my favorite charities. We all have so much, that I only use what my family grows out of or friends drop off on our front porch, rejected for whatever reason, not to forget the truly reject goods at work.
Always being enterprising, the scraps from cutting things up are used for collaged pillows, table runners , and slip covers. Hence, the Home Goods were born. I like to think of our home interiors as the Bowl (the vessel, the home) in Salad Bowl Dress.
I became a clothing Patternmaker by profession. And now I am tossing clothes in the air letting them land somewhere in a mashup of function and fit as a Designer. It is sustainable by keeping unwanted clothes out of the landfill.
Finally, I see making and refurbishing our wardrobe as a better way to express ourselves rather than buying fast fashion all the time, having something more custom, an original, to see a new light in your style.
Salad Bowl Dress Peeps
Participation in artisinal craft fairs:
The Gypsy Sisters
The Melrose Trading Post
The Great Park Farmers Market
Claremont Farmers and Artisinal Markets
La Verne Fresh Farmers Markets
The Muckenthaler craft fairs
Scripps College Holiday Boutiques
Coastline Community College artisinal craft fairs
Long Beach Green Long Beach Fashion Show and Fair
Mission Viejo Imagination Days
San Juan Capistrano Art Fair Saturdays
The Fullerton College Craft Fair
The Ocean Charter School craft fairs
The Brea Nutcracker Suite craft fairs
Etsy LA emporium
Stores: The Museum of Art and History gift store, Mageco, the DA museum gift store, CAFAM museum store in LA,
Olive’s Very Vintage in Brooklyn, NY