The art of primitive cultures provides the basis and inspiration for my work.
Having lived and traveled in several countries, I have observed many tribal
customs and ancient arts in culturally rich and diverse areas of Indonesia (Java
and Sumatra), Malaysia (Sarawak) and Venezuela. My work conveys an ethnic
influence in a contemporary, elegant way, either as a wearable piece or a
two-dimensional wall piece. Much of my work contains ancient symbols of
protection, showing the timelessness of these universal symbols and a sense of
continuity expressed in ancient rites and rituals.
The elegance of silks and velvet are combined with
couture techniques to create garments that complement the human form. I produce
one-of-a kind and limited edition wearable art pieces, working with a variety of
natural fabrics but primarily using silks. Each piece of fabric is designed and
produced in lengths of one to four yards, using variations and adaptations of
the ancient fabric techniques of batik and shibori. These techniques are often
combined with other contemporary resist and direct application processes as well
as discharge chemicals. A garment is then created to complement the fabric.
Two-dimensional work also explores the concepts of
vibrations of ethnic images on luxurious fabrics. Silk fabrics provide a
richness of color that is especially elegant. Working with various resists to
dyes on fabric can produce endless results that are many times surprising. I use
acid dyes and fiber-reactive dyes in both thin and thickened forms to dip, paint
and print on the fabrics. Experimenting with materials and techniques, and often
combining them, keeps the results interesting and dynamic.