The House of Hoard: A Collector’s Collection of Hoard Couture
This ongoing series explores my need to hold on to "things" as a way to preserve memories. I am not a hoarder by any definition, my home is neat and clean and my "things" are organized into bins and boxes and containers for.......why? That question inspired my idea to make some type of art project which can allow me to see what I am holding onto and ask why? I established a set of rules and began making dresses, bin by bin. Only 10% of each collection is allowed to remain unused or it has to be thrown out. Each dress presents a set of problems that are solved along the way, nothing is planned in advance as to how to make the display work, forcing me to make choices about the elements and their value. A list of materials is provided with each piece including the dates of the contents as best as I can remember, but I have yet to really answer th original question. The dresses are not for sale. They can be used for exhibition only because I cannot part with the memories.
Fascinating Faces from Interesting Places
"Fascinating Faces from Interesting Places" is a series of oversized soft pastel portraits based upon photographs taken when people are unaware of the camera so as to capture momentary expressions. No laws of privacy are violated. Occasionally I will ask someone for permission if I find their face intriguing. I strive to capture the humanity within each person and not the "photo smile" people put on their face when a camera is near. This series began in the spring of 2010. Known for my more "comic and caricature" style of painting, these drawings allow me to revisit realism in a method more natural to me. This series is intended to honor the traditional values and skills of drawing without the aid of grids, transfers or other devices. I am influenced by the colors of Wayne Thiebaud and the expressions of Norman Rockwell. The process is a layering of colors created by directional lines with minimal blending of the soft pastel so that the layering of fine lines and diverse colors create the detailed form of the facial structure. Officially retired in 2014.
The Women Series - Laugh! Its Good for You!
The women series is an exploration of personalities and identities associated with female stereotypes. From high heels to hiking boots, and matrimony to menopause, along with all the mayhem in-between, every woman's story can be found in this body of work. Sketches made when people are unaware of being observed as well as my personal encounters and interactions with women within my social network provide a wealth of subject matter about the female gender. The use of humor, wit and satire are essential elements of my compositions. It is important to read the title of each work to fully understand the image and its intent. Each piece also has a story or individual statement that explains the meaning and content. Offically retired in 2014.
The Forgotten Series - Photography
Forgotten is a series of photographs taken at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My series intends to capture a sense of isolation. The contents of each cell was left as found in areas that have undergone restoration. Solid doors have been replaced by bars over small windows so visitors can see into the spaces. The walls that once created a sense of desperation are in a desperate state themselves. The colors captured are true to the building, vvid teal paint peels off the plaster walls and deteriorating red bricks appear behind ochre colored arches. The cells are in a sense empty of people, but souls lnger in the contents left behind.
Hoard Couture Wearble Fashion
With the surging popularity of "reuse, repurpose and recycle" as a mantra, I evolved the Hoard Couture Sculptural dress project to become wearble art using discarded denim textiles as the source and inspiration for Hoard Couture Original Denim designs. Each piece does not follow a pattern or any particular plan in the creative process. Garments evolve based upon the materials at hand and how the colors, proportions and textiles work together just as if creating a painting. Designs are not sized, they just "are" with most being hand stitched. You will never see two pieces alike. Fashions are available for purchase on HoardCouture.com