The make-up and hair from your previous shows and photoshoots are very striking. Does the beauty part of your collection share the same vision as the garments?
Yes, definitely! I love having a hand in every step of the process of creating a look, even beyond making the clothes. My favorite hair and makeup looks usually involve plants.
Your garments involve a lot of detail and construction, which one do you feel has been your hardest piece?
I’m self-taught so each piece is generally teaching myself something or involves researching a new technique, which can be difficult. But that will always be an ongoing process and never stop, really.
Because each batch of fabric I work with is usually repurposed or vintage, adjusting to different textures and understanding how to work with a type of fabric that is new to me can be challenging as well.
A lot of the detail is simply repetition, which builds on itself into something elaborate. The hardest part, I think, is keeping track of the layers – especially when they get very dense!
Are there any future plans or projects for the brand that you want to share with us?
Right now everything is made by me, but maybe someday I’ll work with a small team. At the moment, I work in small batches of one off pieces. My collections usually start with a fresh batch of found fabrics and me figuring out what design and textural elements I want to focus on. I just got some bins of vintage fabrics I’m really excited about – a lot of plaid wool, tulle netting, felt, and some nylon utility rope, so I think my next collection is going to involve a lot of corsetry and deconstructed/fabricated plaids involving these materials.
I want to keep making exclusive collections for shops that emphasize small independent artists like myself, and slow fashion production models. I also want to further explore collaborating with performers. I love working with musicians/performers and creating something together that feels authentic to what they’re communicating through their own craft.