I am a Wearable Artist, Maker, and Photographer currently based in Chicago. My wearable art has been featured in exhibits across the US and around the world, most recently at World of WearableArt in Wellington, NZ where my piece Mind the Synaptic Gap won the 2018 Dame Suzie Moncrieff Award. I have had the opportunity to collaborate on projects with Disney, Hot Topic, and Her Universe among other brands, and I have been featured in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Paper Magazine, Bustle, Jezebel, HelloGiggles, and beyond. I currently work independently as a designer, maker, builder, and materials expert.
All of my work is made almost exclusively out of recycled materials -- I am a huge advocate for recycling and reducing our ecological footprint. Transformation is a key element of my work, and I focus mostly on the transformation of materials from the mundane into extraordinary garments. I have worked with a wide array of trash, from bicycle inner tubes and discarded towels, to VHS tapes, suitcases, and beyond. I spend more time than I care to admit perusing alleys and trash cans for my next material, or hunting freecycle.org for objects that people are discarding. I think that the most exciting artistic challenge is transforming garbage into new and remarkable things.
I have been using non-traditional materials in my art for the past ten years, and have had my work featured in juried shows that have connected me with other eco-conscious artists across the US and around the world. Most recently, I was awarded the prestigious Sustainability Award by World of WearableArt in 2017 for a garment made entirely out of bicycle inner tubes. By making wearable objects out of trash, I am working to expand the dialogue with other artists about what we can do with garbage filling our landfills.
I also works professionally as a photographer. To see samples of my photography work please click here.
If you'd like to contact me please feel free to reach out!