Jamaica Plain Open Studios Gallery
In my sea of raw materials, aka my studio, a piece of clothing might sit for months until finally it’s ready to tell me what it wants to be. More often than not, however, the dialogue and the vision are immediate: I see a well-made, previously-loved something—a fine cashmere sweater, a rough hewn linen dress, a shimmery skirt that twirls the way skirts are meant to—and in no time I set about cutting and pinning and making new clothes, the likes of which no one else has ever imagined. I grew up “thrifting” with my artist parents and later learned to sew next to mymother. Long before either, though, I was drawn to fashion. At eight, I dreamt of having go-go boots. I needed them. I finally got a pair and wore them proudly with my striped tights and mini skirts. For my high school prom, my mother and I made my fantasy outfit: an ice blue satin three-piece tuxedo with tails. It was 1974! In between and ever since, fashion has been a part of my life, and I’ve been known for my singular style. The Folk Couture line includes tunics, sweaters, dresses and gowns, all hand-stitched by me for women of style. My main clients are women who have come to know what they want to wear, and they wear it fearlessly. They are people who are drawn to the colors, the details, the thrill of finding something they wanted but didn't know existed, and the joy of being unique in this cookie cutter, mass produced world.