I am a milliner, painter, and fashion designer with additional background in nonprofit management, product development, event production, and the healing arts. And through all of this, one of the most significant artforms in my career is that of collaboration.
Everything I do is a vehicle for collaboration, sharing new ideas, and building community.
The Gray Matter Series began as an idea in the summer of 2016. I was in Australia for a millinery conference. This was the same week as the Philando Castile shooting, and I watched from the other side of the planet as the polarity unfolded. “How can this be? Is it not clear? Are we destined to see everything in black and white?” I asked myself as I worked the grey felt in my class that day.
One year later, that grey headdress I started in Australia quietly launched the Gray Matter Series at the 58th Annual Midwestern at the Rourke Art Museum.
The Gray Matter Series officially launched with the Fall 2017 collection of gray hats and colorful abstract paintings, grew to a 50-piece painting as a statement on the limitations of the Scandanavian Law of Jante, and most recently investigated the impact a Sense of Place has on us for Spring2018.
I continue to be moved by the polarization we experience in our world and seek new platforms for encouraging thoughtful discourse and finding the “middle ground” between the extremes. It has now evolved into an ongoing set of collaborations between creative souls that I bring together each season.