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The Night Before Install

Updated: May 26, 2023

For the past year or so, I've been creating work for Embodied: Contemporary Takes on the Dress. The group show centers the work of 13 women from across Alabama in a celebration of textiles, design, and creativity. I am writing this after completing my contribution:

  • A multi-layered warrior's gown made with natural, found, and reclaimed materials.

  • A winged helm of crochet lace panels, skate blades, and found objects.

  • A 6' x 4' hanging that communicates my artistic process during the project.

  • Crochet rope motifs in various forms.

A collection of packed boxes and supplies under a blackboard.
All packed up and ready to go!

At this point in the process, I'm preparing for installation day. All of the work is packed neatly away. The toolbox is ready to go. I'm at the point in the project where I like to reflect and uncover the narrative that weaves through the art. It's time to head back to the drawing board, sift through old notes, and pull on threads until something happens.

A headpiece made from stiff crochet lace panels, skate blades, and found objects.
Helmet hang test before installing in Gadsden.

I've been documenting my creative process for Embodied with writing, photos, and short videos. This blog is a repository for what I have collected and will grow as the project does. While the focus is on dressmaking and project development, some topics I address surrounding individual pieces may be sensitive. Much of my work touches on aspects of a challenging lived experience. Content warnings are included on any potentially triggering posts. Please proceed with caution as you read. I promise not to jump into the deep end right away. I'm excited to share this work with you and hope you enjoy the journey. If something you read or watch speaks to you, please reach out through the contact form at the bottom of the site. I love to talk about art and all things creative.

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