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My personal style, DRESSING UP, OVER AND AGAIN, is based on my what I call my ABC s...Assembling Building and Constructing using Color, Texture and Layering with my body as my armature. Where there is creativity there are NO rules, where there are NO rules there is no fear.To me, Style is Healing. Dress to DE-stress. I believe Frugality is Fun and love working with sustainable materials which I have been doing for more than 50 years. These everyday found materials that show up in my environment speak to me. In my creations, as well as my life, I am in playful exploration of beauty and ingenuity. I am a maker and enjoy the process of getting my hands dirty while manipulating materials. I am not a shopper but a searcher for things that can have another life through transformation, hence keeping them out of the landfill.
To me everything is a HAT, be it a paper bag, a lampshade or a vase. They can all be inter changeable. I allow the materials to speak to me and then create forms that enhance the face. My philosophy is "FRAME THE FACE"
There are creative solutions throughout life. It is wonderful to age with more freedom and vitality, wisdom and experience and eccentricity and elegance. IT IS better with AGE!
I have been featured in the film, "Advanced Style" as well as the 3 Advanced Style books. I have also participated in a TEDx Talk (Amsterdam 2014) with Ari Seth Cohen the creator of Advanced Style.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjbCvq_RZTM
My work is in collections at museums nationally and internationally including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, LACMA, Los Angeles, Calif., Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens, Greece.
I have taught Costume Design, Personal Adornment and Textile Design for many years at the Univeristy of California, Davis (1970-1978) after getting my Masters Degree at University of California, Berkeley in 1969. I received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon, Painting and Design, 1967.
I have taught at many NYC institutions including MOMA, MAD museum, NYU, Neue Galerie, Lower Eastside Girls Club, The Creative Center and City Lore, NYC,Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens, Greece.