I think that the mind of a print/textile designer works differently than any other creatives. I am constantly sketching, and every so often, a fragment of some rough I was working on will jump out at me. I repeat and tesselate the piece in so many different colors and sizes, and before I get to the point of over thinking the although striking, but simple design, I already have 20 yards of fabric in the mail.
Much like a set-upon color story, once my print idea is sketched out, collection cohesion comes pretty easy after that. I really like the simple geometric piece that turned into a versatile print, and with 3 bright color combos, it was fun and fast to add solid colored fabrics and less, well, loud prints into the mix.
This is the first collection where not only did I create 100% of the prints, but I created an almost sequin like textile from broken record shards. The dress was made out of random pieces held together by gold jump chain, and took me-well, let's not talk about the time. The result was better than I ever expected! And according to my models, not nearly as heavy as it looks.
Knowing a full dress out of vinyl might not be appropriate for every occasion, I then made a mini skirt, that again, looks like sequins. The shine and reflection give the skirt it's unique appeal, while the color brings versatility.
I guess this is my favorite collection.
Broken Record Dress
I have been designing prints for years, and while I am still refining the art of the repeat pattern, I have recently been inspired to create textiles, as well. My first attempt at what I guess we could call "upcycled couture" was using a box of old (terrible) records to make a dress. The broken shards had such a great sequin-like effect, that I used it on a skirt, as well.
This was definitely the ego boost I needed to really dive into other hard materials, and start to integrate completely original textiles into my upcoming collections.
Don't sit down.
I could write a novel about my experience of being on a critically acclaimed, Emmy award winning talent competition- but I guess you will have to wait for the book.
To summarize- I was chosen out of THOUSANDS of people to participate in Project Runway season 15. That's a pretty great justification of my portfolio. I will say, that I didn't produce my best work with the INSANE time limits, but I am definitely proud of my overall time on the show. My favourite piece was definitely the pink skirt with the hand sewn, plastic flowers-that is some real quick couture.
And the more I look at that bikini, the cuter it gets.
Pink Plastic Donna Skirt
My love affair with fashion-in-motion started when I was a visual merchandiser for an uber edgy (at the time...) UK brand. I would spend hours trying to get the display mannequins perfect, until one of my associates came by and showed me how much better the clothes would look if I just let them hang naturally.
The best part about sheer materials, is that they look different with each step you take. Add a solid piece underneath, and you will keep people guessing, about the color, the material and, of course, what's underneath.
Though working with plastic was a challenge, the results were worth it. And trust me, like leather, this piece just gets better with wear.
Blue Geometric Printed Pussy Bow Blouse
There are 3 classifications of the clothes in ones wardrobe-Classics, Trend Pieces and Fads. Well, there should only be two of those, really, but I will let the latter slide with a very short time limit. I needed that french fries shirt, ok?
The pussy bow blouse was everywhere on the runway for the past few seasons, and I am here to remind you that while I followed the "trend", it is a CLASSIC that I have been running for a while now. Is it because I am a visionary, or just recognize what falls under the 1, 2 or 3 category? My pieces are a 1 that become updated to a 2, only to become a 1 again. This neon geometric print is just what this timeless style needed.
FALL 2017 SNEAK PEEK
Let's talk about branding for a second. Things we (my label) are- original, inclusive, updated classic, bright, fun, artistic- the list goes on. I find that branding is more about what you are NOT. I am not a one-trick pony. Though it's obvious I take inspiration from one of the most daring decades in fashion, the game is all about updating and staying relevant to now.
The first peek of Fall 2017 is more of my signature (so I guess this is a part of my brand "IS") geometric prints, but I don't think there can be a specific era attached to it.
I guess Capsule is just another word for small, when it comes to fashion design. Below is the first injection of my Fall/Winter private label collection for my store, One Imaginary Girl.
Comprised of vintage fabrics and mysterious cotton prints picked up in Japan, this collection takes my love of color and classic silhouettes, and mixes in what has become my signature style details- unique color blocking (or, color bricking as I call it) and interesting (and super time consuming!) shapes.
The collection is currently produced in house, and the upcoming pieces will be produced on a larger scale- but always will be american made.
These photos were shot on film by Cully Wright, and I love the grain and other artistic elements that can only truly be captured in print.
While it is true, and you will see evidence of this in my studio and store front, that I do actual watercolor and ink and plain old pencil sketches, I bought an IPad Pro last year, and am now addicted to the luxury of having all of my sketches in one place.
For me, print design, fabric sourcing and sketching is the most exciting part of design, and even if the pieces I draw never get made, they are still works of art that I can add to my portfolio.