Behind the scenes: "Wrapped in Rhythm" for ArtPrize 2017
September 20 - October 8, 2017 | U.S. Postal Service | Grand Rapids, MI
"People hear what they see" - Bobby Darin
This quote inspired me to create a fashion piece that combines elements across diverse eras of musical history, demonstrating how technological advances have evolved how we consume music.
Photographed at The Tool Shop (Westland) by Samantha Lewis
Behind the scenes: "Hardware Cloth" for ArtPrize 2016
September 21 - October 11, 2016 | J.W. Marriott | Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Dedicated to the working women of Detroit. This year's sculpture is built from metal, tools, hardware, cloth and lace - it's the collision of practicality and fashion flair!
Some materials supplied by LLL Services and The Tool Shop (Canton).
Photographed at Samantha Originals Studio by Samantha Lewis
Behind the scenes: "Dressed to Suit" for ArtPrize 2015
September 23 - October 11, 2015 | Boardwalk Condos | Grand Rapids, MI
I am consistently intrigued by "upcycling" and how to create something functional and distinctive out of everyday materials. In this year's entry I have utilized formal wear and playing cards to create unique fashion looks. My entry consists of 5 dresses (one dress for each suit plus a "royal" dress of face cards) and 4 pairs of shoes using distinctive designs. In total 21 decks of cards were used in the creation of this entry. These dress designs range in size and are completely wearable!
Modeled images photographed at Amway Grand Plaza by Kevin Schalkofski | April 2015
Close ups photographed at Samantha Originals Studio by Samantha Lewis | January - April 2015
Behind the scenes: "Fractured Fashion" for ArtPrize 2014
September 24 - October 12, 2014 | Boardwalk Condos | Grand Rapids, MI
“Modern conservation: activism through fractured fashion”: As a Michigan native I was inspired to create a sculpture to shed light on the fragile conditions of
our lakes and rivers. Portraying the movement of water, I used glass in shades
of swirled blue and aqua. Each glass piece is knotted together by a cotton
cording “net” that overlays a base of sand colored tulle. The tulle cascades off
the right hip alluding to the flow of sand dunes. These coastal themes are
accented with a necklace of hand-selected drift wood, shells, and distressed
chain. Thanks for your vote! To learn more about protecting the waterways in
Michigan visit therogue.org or wmeac.org
Photographed at Millennium Park by Kevin Schalkofski | June 2014