Photos by Alyssa Wilcox.
You had said, right now, you’re sort of married to your work, and your vision. What is your work, and what is your vision?
This is actually a really interesting time in my life. I have been accepted to a post-baccalaureate in Chicago at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for Fiber and Material Studies. I’m completing my program here at the New York Fashion Academy with a mastery in Fashion Garment Construction and Design. I also have a degree in Fine Art with a focus in painting. Everything has been culminating, I feel, to this point in my life. It’s kind of a love story with myself and my passion.
Jesse Sykes, a musician here in Seattle, had said something like, “I’m a slave to my vision.” That is what she is. It’s kind of like being a slave to yourself -- not in like a selfish way, but such passion that you don’t have any space to detour from what you’re manifesting.
Today my friend sent me an email, and it was an acronym for “focus.” F.O.C.U.S? Oh my god. It’s this really amazing [thing] -- focus on completing your task. It’s basically to have this focus and this perfect -- not perfect -- but a channeled vision, like you’re being guided on a path. You get accepted to school, you get encouraged to do something, and by saying yes, you’re moving forward.
What do you ultimately see? A shop with clothes? A theater? Attire for movie sets?
Part of going to this post-baccalaureate is the flexibility. I will be focusing on Fiber and Material Studies. I do three-dimensional plaster murals. So I could see myself going in that direction, but then with the textiles, I’ve been painting on fabric for years. I do hoodies with paint -- like custom paint -- to wear. So it’s like a muse. Each person has their own inspired art. It’s a vision. It’s all unique. They’re all one-offs. Some outfits bring out someone’s eyes, or their whole personality -- their energy.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago also has an Art Therapy program, which is like totally another track. But sort of leading into that, I have to write a business plan to graduate from school. And I’ve decided what I’d like to do is a not for-profit for cancer patients.
The hoodies are like cowl-neck very drapey and soft. They’re hemp, organic, cotton, and bamboo. I was volunteering at Hempfest for a fashion show last summer and worked with cancer patients. And when they put the hoodies on, they said, “I feel like I have a hug. I feel so safe.” I love how when they don’t have any hair, it made them feel warm and wrapped. I was so moved. I was so touched. I was like, this feeling I was having was unrivaled. Maybe going back to your original touch-point is, I’ve never felt like that with one person. But when I have an emotional -- spiritual -- moving experience like that, I would like to -- it’s more like a ten year plan, maybe five or ten year-plan. But I think that’d be cool.
Where can we find your work?