I’m a fashion designer, maker, visual artist, and educator in Lubbock, Texas. I have over 10 years of experience working in the fashion industry in Dallas, Houston, and New York City and teaching background at Texas Tech University. My education background includes Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. I am currently Assistant Professor in Apparel Design and Manufacturing at Texas Tech University and Artist-in-residence at Charles Adams Studio Project.
My work intertwines around the worlds of fashion ready-to-wear, mixed media avant-garde accessories and fashion, and wearable art. My artistic processes involve the hand processes of draping and patternmaking, hand and digital textile design, and building of garments and accessories using non-traditional or re-purposed materials. This work is done often live in my studio and then put into my gallery for Lubbock exhibitions for First Friday Art Trail. Many of these experimental self guided or collaborative ready-to-wear, avant-garde, art, or wearable art pieces then move forward into pieces that are exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally at juried academic conferences, fashion shows, and art galleries.
For the last 14 years, my heart has actively been engaged through my love of teaching through mentoring and teaching undergraduates and graduate students at Texas Tech University, I am also passionate about passing down the traditions of sewing and fashion design skills with students that would not normally have the opportunity through the 4H organization and my current teaching of fashion camps through Lubbock Art Alliance for foster children through One Heart Orphan Care.