1. How did you get your start in the handmade community?
I got my start designing women's attire and a few accessory items. I was involved with Fashion Denver, participating in many fashion shows and events, I sold my work through ETSY and several local Denver boutiques. Now after taking some time out of the game and re-focusing my collection I have realized that my love of leather & bags is strong enough to fuel its own exclusive line, and brazen was born.
2. What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
My pieces reflect an aesthetic of unusual beauty, by combining my own original embroidered artwork with the textures and patterns of luxury textiles, leather and fur. I am able to create not just another piece of fashion, but a piece of fashion that compliments its owner's own unique beauty and personality, inspiring one to indulge their own brazenness, boldly and without shame.
3. What or Who Inspires you?
I grew up in a family of artists, and was exposed to all kinds of art from a very young age. From taxidermy to fashion design, my inspirations have a large range. What is a constant inspiration to me are things that are uniquely, sometimes even strangely beautiful.
4. What is your creative process like?
Sometimes imagery sparks the process, other times it might be a beautiful piece of fabric or leather. Either way, one thing brings ideas for the other. I love the contrast between light feminine details and the masculine weight of leather hides, so balancing those two is always the most exciting part for me.
5. What is the coolest artistic tip you have ever received?
'What it means to the artist and what it means to the audience do not always have to be the same thing.'
6. What can we expect to see from you at Jackalope?
Beautiful combinations of luxury textiles, leather, fur, embroidered artwork, all wrapped up in gorgeous functional bags of all sizes, as well as smaller giftable items such as key chains, aprons, sleep masks, book marks and throw pillows.
7. Where can we learn more about you?