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CEREMONY BOTANICAL STUDIO
Inspired by the owner's fascination for occultism and alchemy, I incorporated symbols such as the ouroboros, the lunar cycle, and quite literally a ceremony or seance amongst the night sky. Using less traditional botanical themes accentuate the color and beauty of the Wimberley, Texas landscape, where the shop is located.
A RIVERA INSPIRED WEDDING
The Steen/Valade wedding was held in the iconic Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Art. My challenge was to encapsulate the feel of this once controversial 27-panel mural based on the industry and technology of Detroit in the 1930s. My research provided overwhelming inspiration, producing a design that plays with the dichotomy of the work's organic/human forms depicted and the hard-edged mechanical motifs. The bridesmaids received the scarves as gifts before the ceremony, and pocket squares were made for the groom and groomsmen to wear on the big day.
The iconic Austin Motel commissioned a custom piece that embodied the fresh new ambiance in addition to honoring its history (it has been open since 1938). Everyone congregates at the kidney shaped pool whether you're a guest at the Austin Motel or not. I was keeping in mind how the pool always ends up summoning me to drink too many Aperol Spritzs and fall asleep in the sun.
Strap happy. This shirt design was inspired by the river Tevas were born on and the epic campouts and festivals they often attend.
A VERY ELOI WEDDING
This fine couple approached me to use the DLB Acid scarf and digital pattern to add some color to their wedding. It made its way in all the way from the "save the date" mailers to a simple knot around the brides bouquet.
HOTEL SAINT CECILIA
This scarf was inspired by the idiosyncratic interiors of the Saint Cecilia— referencing the ubiquitous penny tiles and Persian rugs; HSC's love of peacocks and celestial motifs, and Mick Jagger-esque lips for a *kiss* of rock and roll (sorry I had to...........).
BOWER RESORT '17
Bower swimwear reached out needing a pattern that evoked the 1970s Bob Mackie/Cher-inspired Resort 2017 collection.
ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS
My thoughts of New Orleans veer mostly toward celebration (drinking, dancing, parades...). I also did some research on voodoo culture there and became inspired by "Li Grand Zombi", the major serpent spirit of worship, the holder of intuitive knowledge. Sacred voodoo ritualistic snake dances almost always include a snake to represent the spiritual balance between the genders and celebrate this ancient knowledge.
Darioush Winery has a beautifully curated array of items in their shop, yet needed more customized, different objects to sell than wine openers and glasses etc. We worked to incorporate the traditional flora of the Persian run winery-- pistachios, grapes and the pomegranate trees that line their entrance.
SCAD Lacoste came to me wanting two Provence and France inspired designs for their gift shop. All I can think of when I see southern France in my head is the massive amount of sunflowers. Provencal textiles are also an integral sight on a visit to Lacoste. These patterns were printed on notebooks (with lavender scented pages!), T-shirts, silk scarves and pocket squares. Voila!
My alma mater recently opened their second museum, this one in Atlanta, focusing on fashion and film. I was commissioned to design a line of 5 scarves- a geometric, a floral, a film inspired, and two fashion inspired-- of which I chose to show motifs of the process (cutting and sewing) and that of fashion accessories.
COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART
CMA approached me before the opening of their newly built wing to do two custom scarf designs. They sent books of the works in their permanent collection and the plans for this new, very modern wing. The vast difference between these styles prompted me to do one scarf in the style of the more traditional, painterly works and the other emphasizing the geometric angles of the new building in fresh, bright colors.