Frock & Frilly
April 15 -19, 2013
When I discover an old-fashioned utilitarian piece left behind in a thrift store, antique shop, or even museum, I’m curious to know the story of such an item, the purpose it fulfilled in a distant past. I find these ordinary objects fascinating, and I enjoy reflecting on the little details that seem to be taken for granted. Specifically, the art of fashion attire has always been of interest to me. Looking over past eras of elegant gowns and their undergarments that have lace trimmings and pattern borders on the edges capture my attention, and all greatly influence my creative process as an artist. I incorporate these unique elements onto the surface of my work, knowing the smallest details, can be just as defining to a piece of work as the overall form itself.
I work with a combination of throwing and hand building. In my creative process, I take multiple parts and assemble them into one vessel. Borders of slip trailed crochet lace and textile decals reside in the elaborate patterning on the surface of my vessels, from bows to tassels, dangling on every edge. From the small lace beaded patterns to flowing layers of slip resembling ruffles, I embellish these delicate elements on the surface of my work. The final selection of glaze complements the layers of the slip and reveals or coyly hides the decorations.
My influences include vintage garments dating from the Victorian era to the present day. I’m fascinated by the visual appeal of the layers of the dress and how they drape on a figure of a woman. The varieties of form and detail found in fashionable gowns influence my work and my curiosity resides in their communication cues in relationships and society. In my work, I create vessels that reflect these interests and combine functionality and ornament, striving to make objects that encourage tactile exploration and use in a social setting.