Based on the aesthetics of the 1980s, this collection of prints was created to take that wacky style and update it to 2014.
Hand woven out of tencel, I warp painted this textile first, to create the changes in color that are seen. Warp painting is a traditional method of creating patterned textiles along with ikat and block printing. As I was doing research on this technique, I noticed some correlations it had with the glitch art I had been working on at the time; the color blocking and distorting of an image being the main things.
The image i screen printed on this piece is a famous tabloid photo of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan. They are frequent subjects of mine, because they represent a time when celebrity gossip was at a peak that it had never reached before, and these were some of the people who were followed most frequently. I glitched it on the computer, and repeated it down the entire 4 yards of woven fabric to make a slight nod to the bayeux tapestry, as well as the monotony of being photographed every day.
The work is currently part of the SCAD permanent collection, acquired in 2015.
Jacquard woven, cotton and polyester, 2014.
This was an exploration in glitch art, but corrupting the image with hand work rather than digitally. These images were put into the jacquard loom in their original form; by using color inlay and purposeful mistakes, these images were woven to mimic a digital computer glitch. This was also a comment on the image of celebrities, and how it can be corrupted by the media.
Both pieces are part of the SCAD permanent collection, acquired in 2015.
I'm really interested in self-destructive habits that people have. Many of the most interesting celebrities are so talented but they have one Achilles heel that ends up destroying them. On a smaller scale, we all have our addictions that can have negative outcomes for us.
I wanted to take this concept and make a campy, comedic print collection out of it. I chose an addiction that many of us have as a child and married it with an addiction that people of an older age have. Using pop culture references, as well as things we see in our every day life, I wanted to make these statements funny and nostalgic at the same time.
Loosely inspired by Madonna's coffee table book "sex" from 1992, as well as the cult film "Jawbreaker," I wanted to take something sweet and sugary and give it a subversive twist. The photographs of the hooded man (a close friend with much experience on the subject) were taken by me, and then printed with black puff paint onto silk crinkle chiffon that I designed to look like the surface of the candy. The puff paint on the thin fabric gives the illusion of leather, as well as structure and texture. He is wearing a ball gag I bought online that is an actual jaw breaker with a hole drilled through it, and a leather strap.
During the summer of 2013, I did an internship at Aeropostale's corporate headquarters in NYC. It was an amazing learning experience, as I got to apply my skills and fun aesthetic to a more commercial environment, These are some of the prints that were designed by me for the company. Several were put into production and sold in stores and online.