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These blouses grew out of my past experience as a maker of custom wedding gowns. Making custom-fitted clothing is an extremely intimate process; the pattern pieces perfectly follow the contours of the individual's body, no matter how "imperfect." These garments are metaphors for the unconscious mental constructs that people tailor to themselves in adaptation to their life experiences and wear daily without a second thought.
The headgear series deals with how people unconsciously impose on themselves ways of being that result from adaptations to critical life experiences. An individual may develop a strong set of convictions, fundamentally altering the way he or she functions in the world. Though such constructs initially exist in a purely mental realm, because of the energy invested in maintaining the beliefs, to the individual they become concrete. My interest was in translating such ultimately insubstantial beliefs into actual artifacts.
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