I want my work to be as well dressed in design, as someone walking down the catwalk. When creating my work I try to embody the thoughts of a Designer or better yet a Tailor. Someone whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, pants, and jackets to fit an individual person. By making hand-made objects, I embrace such individualism.
The time and precision that it takes to make a well-crafted garment, is very similar to the process through which I create ceramic vessels. The overall designs consist of multiple patterns, layered together to make one final composition. Ever so similar actions can be noticed through watching someone working in the fashion industry. Textile designers lay each thread in a meticulous way to create specific patterns. Resulting in Gingham, Herringbone, Glen Plaid, even polka dot designs. These fabrics are cut and measured by a Tailor to make, a crisp fit for the person wearing the clothing.
When constructing a vessel such as a ewer set. I use precise measurements, cut spouts and handles to later seam them together to make one form. This form becomes somewhat body like. I then dress the form with different lines and dots of various widths and sizes. The proximity of these dots and lines cloth the vessel.
I find something overtly intriguing about having a handmade garment. Knowing each stitch and measurement was well thought, and deliberate. By making aesthetically pleasing vessels, no detail goes over looked. I want my work to look fancy and unique, not generic or cheap. Often times one can notice that, “what you pay for is what you get”. Quality comes at a price, labor and time. The longer a tailor stays in the fashion industry, the more recognition he will get and his quality will only improve.