My work is about respect and control.
Admittedly, my “work” lied dormant and murmuring in my head and heart for many years up until I learned to sew, so I don’t have a long history to draw from, but ever since the whirr of a Singer became a roar at my command there has been nothing else of any relative interest, save for God, in my life. Still, It’s all pretty new.
But when I learned to sew these dreams inside my head of how I always wanted to dress gained a new birth of possibility, and a new avenue of expression, of control. Control, especially, because as a girl both happy and chubby, it had been very difficult for me to be able to dress as I saw fit, until I was able to make dresses of my own that didn’t fit like a pup tent and/or wasn’t covered in giant floral motifs. Being able to realize these visions has been wonderful for my self-esteem and is the culmination of other artistic pursuits throughout my life- finding the one discipline that employs all the others and suits me perfectly. (No pun intended.) A very big part of my life has been put back in my control. Feels good.
Fashion, for me, is also an act of worship, and it’s my goal to create clothes that skim and flatter without pushing, pinching and revealing. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re “modest” (though I do find the resurgence of modesty and concepts therein really intriguing) but more that they’re respectful of the body, and suggest rather than declare. Christian author Michelle McKinney-Hammond said in “The Power of Femininity” that women accomplish things through influence where men use force, and I think that’s illustrated in my clothes. They tend to speak softly, but their voice carries.
I hope you enjoy looking at my illustrations and samples, and please let me hear from you if you have any questions or you would like to work together in the future.