THE ARTISAN TOUCH
I’m constantly inspired by my passions, artistically and personally.
After a year of traveling to Haiti, my two worlds come together:
Translating the vibrancy of tribal elements into
Sophisticated, sexy urban clothes.
Everything is a work of art, a stroke of the body —
To illuminate the creative power of a woman.
The graphic palette is born of the land, sharpened by a black edge.
Clay, Earth, Teak, Bone, Citrus, Fern, Leaf, African Violet.
Shapes spiral onto body, whether lean and contoured
Or tented with sculpted volume.
Tribal prints are inspired by Haitian artist Philippe Dodar,
While brass and wood appliqués create patterns of their own.
The dress rules in bodyjersey or stretch canvas – sexy, hot and vital.
Or in airy cotton poplin suspended volume.
The neckline is strong – asymmetrical or athletic,
Energized with elastic straps or body-long zippers.
Add the edge of a fencing jacket to a mask print circle skirt
Or opt for a crisp organza shirt atop a spiral skirt,
Or the slash of a super-skinny tailored pant.
Finish with an artisan stained leather or perforated leather trapeze,
Or the simplicity of a printed paper cotton or raffia canvas shell.
The artistic expression goes day into night
With every piece a timeless object of desire.
Hand-twisted shirred and taught-to-the-body dresses,
Swirls of silk bound and captured in elastic bands,
And printed sculpted volume skirts that move with soul.
Accessories are moments of tribal-tech drama.
Shards of wood and Lucite in beaded neckpieces or wristlets.
Beveled geometric bangles in wool and Lucite.
The bag is either a wooden slat clutch or a slouchy artisan leather hobo.
And shoes are ankle-cuffed gladiators, hand-carved platform wedges
Or the ultimate tribal statement: the wood-and-lucite mask totem.
The more global the world, the more individual the woman.
Boldly expressive and confident with style,
Inspired by the beauty of the past, as she forwards into the future.
To be continued…
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