I am a native New Yorker and this great city continues to inspire me even after 50 years.
Since age 3 “Dressing Up” creatively has been my artistic expression.
I have always created and worn “headgear”. Hats are perfect accessory that can take your wardrobe and your style to the next level.
To me, anything is a hat.
My inspiration comes from my head. I don’t have a preset vision. I allow materials to speak to me.
With my hands I begin to form the material to frame my face. I use intuitive process and what feels right. My head is my armature.
I use everyday found materials that exist in the environment. I don’t come from tradition. I’m interested in creating forms that are inspired by the face and the head.
In my creations as well as in my life I’m constantly in playful exploration for beauty.
My Professional Background:
My personal work has always been about Layered Textiles Related to the Body including a body of work called “Fibrous Raiments”. .
My work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts
I taught Personal Costume Design and Personal Adornment for many years at UC Davis after getting my MA at UC Berkeley.
I have taught at NYU, Banff School of Fine Arts and currently at the Museum of Arts and Design. I have also taught workshops at Eileen Fisher (Green Eileen using recycled clothes) and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, working with young women encouraging them to explore their creativity and individual style..
For the past 4 years I have been part of the blog Advancedstyle.blogspot.com. The book, Advanced Style, is a current best seller.
The feature film is in progress and will be out by the end of the year. There is also a coloring book to be printed again by October 2013.
I put a lot of energy and creativity into the hats I make and hope you will be inspired to wear them.