Artist Statement

I have always had a love/hate relationship with fashion. As an image-defining tool fashion can be very empowering. It can offer a perception of ones personality. Not necessarily an accurate one, in fact sometimes the complete opposite.

The overly commercialized publicity-crazed nature of the fashion business is at direct odds with the dire state of the world. On the one hand fashion is purely functional and protective – a necessity. On the other it is purely decorative  the ultimate example of waste and excess.

Using reclaimed items such as colourful tins, I play with contrast and opposites, blending, the feminine form, floral motifs, and kitchen items with, advertising slogans, hard edged metal, rivets, nails, heavy metal zippers, and latches resulting in slightly androgynous and unexpected items of clothing and sculptures.