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Shadow Soul Silhouette

2016 With an inspiration to examine cultural identity collectively – thinking in terms of humans as a species – I created this series of small figures called, Shadow Soul Silhouettes. The initial intrigue for me is rooted in the observation that there is a universal human instinct to decorate oneself. Possibly because we are, in […]

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DANCE OF THE DEAD

The work, Dance of the Dead refers to both; the kimono like costume as well as the performance based installation featuring such costume.  The entire garment is made from old kimonos that have been hand cut into heart shaped pieces and hand-stitched together.  Symbolically unifying the worlds of the living and the dead together, the garment […]

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SURRENDER

The work, Surrender concludes the series of seven installations which ran the course of two years exploring ideas of physical impermanence and meditation practices.  The performance for this work was depicted through photographs only.  Presented in a time sequential manner, with the sky growing increasingly dark, the photographs document a practice of prostration.  Utilizing a […]

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HONEN-IN

Honen-in is a Zen Buddhist temple in the eastern mountains of Kyoto with a history of supporting the arts.  This performance based installation at Honen-in Kobe was open to the public for an eight day stretch, seven hours a day.  Throughout this time I would be found sitting motionless except for the quiet and slow […]

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FROM THE REMAINS

From the Remains is a hand-stitched textile inspired by the history of the Buddhist Rag Robe.  This work represents the final conclusion to a year long studio practice of cutting heart shaped pieces one by one from second hand kimonos.  As part of a series of seven installations, this work stands alone.  In the other […]

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OFFERINGS

A performance based installation, Offerings was a continuation of my work exploring ideas of physical impermanence.  In this installation, I sit in a nest of kimonos as if they had been shed from my body.  During the seven day exhibition, for eight hours a day I sit practically motionless with a needle and thread slowly […]

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PRAYER OF PETALS

Prayer of Petals is a work inspired by the Japanese custom of senbazuru.  Senbazuru is a string of 1,000 origami paper cranes that is made for someone who is suffering.  This work, on a much larger scale, is constructed from heart-shaped pieces of fabric that have been hand cut from second-hand kimonos.  When strung together, […]

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WHEN ALL THERE IS TO DO IS LOVE

The installation: When All There is to do is Love, is a body of work which consists of 35 second-hand kimonos that have been cut up by hand.  Small heart-shaped pieces were cut, one by one, from the fabric of each kimono.  In the end there were approximately 60,000 heart-shaped kimono petals which were displayed […]

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IN THE SKIN OF A LADY

In the Skin of a Lady, was an interactive installation which consisted of 20 paper-mache female torso forms.  Each form was decorated with floral patterns from up-cycled garments.  The forms were part of a circus-themed tent, where one wall was a large painted canvas announcing “The International Congress of Oddities presenting for three days only…”. […]

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BITS, PIECES & PARTS

Made from dozens of salvaged pants; Bits, Pieces & Parts explores issues of North American cultural identity.  Featured here are a few selected works, for example the American flag work has the words: MADE IN MEXICO burned into it, recognizing the close of all Levis manufacturing plants in the U.S. following the trend towards outsourcing.  Other works are […]

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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE RAG TRADE

The work, Who’s Afraid of the Rag Trade is an investigation into creating unique fabric structures through dye & print by using recycled clothes.  The installation consisted of three such yardages each measuring 3 meters in length.  The yardage featured in the above photos was inspired by Morning Glory flowers, the other two yardages were […]

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RECYCLED PRAYERS

Recycled Prayers are made from scraps of felted, second-hand sweaters.  These multi-colored lengths of flags were inspired by the refuse from a local clothing design company.  Toronto’s Preloved used second-hand clothes to cut patterns and fashion new designs.  Like any clothing production, a multitude of scraps were produced daily.  I collected these bags weekly, allowing the materiality […]

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OUR SKINS

This body of work entitled, Our Skins is an installation which consists of 100 hanging pieces.  Each individual piece consists of three or four layers of discarded (originally) white shirts.  Each piece has a one foot in diameter area of hand-stitching unifying the layers.  The pieces were individually dyed with: used coffee grounds and recycled […]

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KINMOKUSEI

Inspired by the tiny orange flowers in Japan known as Kinmokusei, I created this work.  The outer layer of fabric is a textured lace like structure created through the use of devoré.  The fabric is dyed and silkscreen printed three times; first with discharge, second with an orange dye, and third with devoré.  The underneath […]

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