Denver Art Museum. Denver, Colorado. Feb. 24th, 2017 Untitled Final Fridays
The “Wishing Kimono” is a communal fashion installation designed to engage visitors in a manner that utilizes fashion as a form of conveyance and intercommunication. Recently introduced at the Denver Art Museum’s Untitled Final Fridays after hour’s program, the installation draws upon memories and resonances from my past travel to Kyoto, Japan as a teen artist. Recreating the visual impact and practice of Japanese Shinto shrines and ema plaques, visitors express their written wishes on fabric tags simulating wooden wishing plaques. Visitors are then able to add their written wishes to the “Wishing Kimono’, a red monochrome contemporary kimono displayed on a red faceless form. The process offers visitors a moment of reflection, connection and contribution. Each wish joins the wishes of others and adds to the overall evolution of the garment as its design develops throughout the duration of the installation. The personal release and tangibility of written word creates a powerful experience in a shared, public space and delivers emotion and joy to participants who feel a sense of commonality through other people’s wishes. Photography care of John Edinger.
World of Wearableart Museum. Nelson, New Zealand. 2016-2017 exhibition:
My garment entry 'Madame Deficit', finalist in World of Wearableart 2016, on exhibit at the National WOW Museum and Classic Car Gallery located in Nelson, New Zealand. Photography care of Steve Hussey Photography.
Denver Art Museum. Denver, Colorado. Jan/Feb. 2017 Studio Artist Program:
As part of the Denver Art Museum Artists at Work program, I demonstrated inside their current Costume Studio over the course of two weekends. Part of my demonstration included an installation of selected works on display in addition to a community-created garment. I set-up my personal work space within a public forum where I worked on free-form construction, serging, sewing, hand-embroidery and beading. The concept behind the community-created garment was to build layers allowing the garment to evolve via the free expression and contribution of visitors passing through the studio, many who were young creative minds. The piece was inspired by Ganesh in yellow, symbolic of knowledge, intellect, peace, creativity and happiness.