Mark Making Through Light: An Exploration of Tan Lines with Denim
Nostalgia always plays a part in my work. It is about capturing those small moments and recreating them through garments. It is an accumulation of memories, experiences and visual references that all represent a moment in time.
I am focusing on the process of mark making through light, exploring tan lines and sun bleaching through the surface of denim. My collection began with an accumulation of images, all of which had light in common. The images from my grandfather's documentations of my mother and uncles growing up in what was rural Los Angeles in the early 60s helped set the mood in my initial process. My own memories of freckles, sunburns and unwanted tan lines dictated my exploration of creating new tan lines through sampling garment details, leaving a memory of what was once there. For the execution of the tan lines, I am using sandblasting to accumulate construction layers, worn surfaces and delicate tonal variation. All of my garments are bonded instead of topstitched, creating reliefs of traditional denim construction.
The Collection, Graduation and New York Fashion Week
I will design, pattern, construct and and style this collection to complete the requirements of the MFA at Parsons. It will be documented in a photo shoot prior to the graduate exhibition on May 14, 2013. There will be a minimum of 8 looks and denim accessories to pair. It will then be shown at Milk Studios during New York Fashion Week in September 2013.
Your contributions will help me finish the remaining garments, accessories, photo shoot, and exhibition space, as well as help bring together a 6 year creative journey. Thank you in advance for helping me and for also advancing this generation of designers who are socially, globally and environmentally aware.
I am very grateful for the support that I have received from:
Evan Eisman Co.
The Parsons MFA Fashion Design and Society program was launched in September 2010. It is the first graduate program offered at Parsons and is the only such program offered in the USA. It offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to fashion design, with an emphasis on making and learning through doing.
Risks and challenges
I learned to sew when I was eight years old and shortly after created a website to sell silk bags and eventually produced lines of womens wear that helped support my BFA at Parsons. The final step in my formal education is to complete the MFA and I know there will be many last minute details, unexpected delays, expenses and obstacles that are between now and fashion week. I will rely on my commitment to my work, my experience and the strong community I have built with my fellow creatives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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