The Couture Series (2005-2010) is comprised of hand stitched and machine sewn textiles - each sculpture custom-made. While needle and thread were historically used for functional purposes, for example sewing or repairing clothing or quilts, I utilized the traditionally utilitarian medium to create nonfunctional sculptures. The series arose from childhood memories of my mother, who studied couture designs from magazines, tore out the pages, and constructed garments from scratch. Similarly, I located and removed images from fashion and interior design periodicals, which inspired the construction, details and forms.
Referencing children's stuffed animals, their textures are welcoming - even cuddly, the forms endearing, yet elements are simultaneously quirky or unsettling. These sculptures are intentionally humorous, odd, animate pets; each embodies an anthropo- or zoomorphic characteristic. The Couture Series was partially funded by a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant.