*photo by Keith Morgan*

*photo by Keith Morgan*

PROCESS

Process is just as important as the concept and the final product. That is why I am dedicated to translating my illustrations through harnessing the powers of plants and their natural dyes.  I strive to utilize plants from my immediate area by collecting food scraps, harvesting leaves, flowers, & berries from the local landscape, and growing plants I know to be good dyers.  I  use every scrap of material I purchase in order to put less waste into the world.

Most items are dyed using an eco-bundling technique paired with a naturally dyed screen printed illustration. This, in return, means that most items are extremely time intensive. Dyed fabric goes through a series of scouring, mordanting, bundling, waiting, washing, printing, waiting, steaming, washing, ironing, and sometimes batiking, indigo dipping, washing, ironing and finally, hand hemming. Most of my work is experimental, so it is quite possible that some textiles involve further steps.  In a permanent state of work in progress, I am constantly researching materials and techniques to ensure that I am developing work using the most ethical goods and processes with the least amount of environmental impact.                                                                                                                              
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I am also the head screen printer at Lovelane Designs and artist assistant to multi-disciplinary artist, katherine sandoz.

ABOUT

I am a textile designer and illustrator exploring environmental conservation concepts and ecology through a bounty of natural media. Born between swamps and sugar cane fields, childhood found me barefoot and wild, exploring the sticky environment of Southeast, Louisiana. These dense and layered surroundings laid the path for further learning at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, where I gained a solid foundation in visual arts. In 2012, I graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Fibers. During my time at SCAD I dove into the methodical world of screen printing and was introduced to the experimental field of natural dyeing. A stint in the Midwest the following year with AmeriCorps NCCC, led to a greater understanding of the necessary balance within our natural world through the planting of thousands of trees, administering prescribed burns, and eradicating countless invasive species. All of these experiences combined kindled an inner flame to spread knowledge and appreciation for the Earth we inhabit. I returned to the muddy marshy low country of Savannah, GA, in 2014. By combining my knowledge of screen printing with natural dye processes, I create conceptual utilitarian textiles and installations that raise awareness while retaining an eye catching beauty. 

 
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