So, fashion.

Taking risks, embracing challenge

I applied to Art2Wear along with ~50 other designers in December 2014 in an effort to diverge from my graphic design major's track and take on a challenge. I was tired of looking at screens.  

Two completed looks were required for application in December. While studying abroad in Florence fall semester I bought Italian books from street vendors, sourced faux leather from a Florentine shop, crashed the fashion design sewing studios, and asked my roommate to model to produce the first two pieces of my line. After my acceptance, I returned to Raleigh to finish the rest of my line.

While studying abroad in Florence I bought Italian books from street vendors, sourced faux leather from a Florentine shop, crashed the fashion design sewing studios, and asked my roommate to model.

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Paper, thread, & lasers

Building the experience

My graphic design background made me an unusual participant in Art2Wear. Designers usually come from fashion design, textiles, fiber design, or industrial design backgrounds. I combined my love of books and typography with a love of crafting with my hands — tapped into the breadth of my interests and skillset — to craft a marriage of typography and fashion.

I tapped into the breadth of my interests and skillsets to craft a marriage of typography and fashion.

The College of Design offers incredible resources in its shop. I used the laser cutter to create my letter leather pattern; sewed oversized book pages on a sewing machine; plasma cutted letters into steel sheet metal; and welded the metal to form structured wearable pieces.

Through my lens

Photoshoot at Leazar Hall

I chose to shoot my line at the early 1900's era studio where I built it: Leazar Hall. To me, the best context to frame my line was a university building. The studio building had the old world metal, brick, and wood that inspired my line's tone.

Takeaways

I had never made clothes before I applied to Art2Wear. This was a large scale risk that paid off after many mistakes and growing pains. I took joy in experimenting with the incredible resources available at the College of Design - lasers and plasma cutters? So cool. I loved building an experience; not with pixels and light, but with physical materials, my hands, and the music of the show.

I loved building an experience; not with pixels and light, but with physical materials, my hands, and the music of the show.

I learned what it took to sit at the helm of a vision and direct a group of people to see it through. At the end of the day, I was just one small piece of the larger effort of Art2Wear. I'm grateful to have been able to tell my story.