Professional Bio

Education

-Susan Khalje Couture Sewing School                                       

  Baltimore, MD      Fall 2013

  Six intensive days of creating a garment from muslin mockup, using couture sewing techniques

 -Penland School of Crafts                                                                      

  Penland, NC            Fall 2006

  Felt making and natural dyes with Lisa Klakulak

 -Columbus College of Art and Design                                           

  Columbus, OH        August 1999- May 2003                 

   BFA- fashion design, minor Art History

 

 

Juried Exhibitions

-American Craft Council Show, Baltimore 2012, Baltimore Alt Craft Section 2011, St. Paul 2011, 2012 (invited, but did not exhibit)

 -Cherry Creek Arts Fest, Denver, CO 2011

 -Art Fair Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

 -One of a Kind Show and Sale, Chicago, IL 2009,2010; New York, NY 2009

 -Artwear Fashion Week, Lincoln Center Fort Collins, CO 2008, 2011

 

 Invitational Exhibitions

- Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY Sensationally Small 2010

 -Art Association Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY Member’s only 2008,2011

 -Ciao Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Nude’s 2011

 

Notable Past Clients

-Lynyrd Skynyrd Band- made custom garments for back-up singers for winter 2014 tour

-Neiman Marcus Department Store- on set tailor for photo shoot in Grand Teton National Park 2013

 

 Awards/Recognition

       2013              Business Training Grant, State of Wyoming

       2011             ‘Peoples Choice’ Award; Member’s only show

       2010                    ‘Emerging Artist’ Award; ACRE wholesale show, Vegas, NV

       2010                    Trade show Incentive Grant, State of Wyoming

       2009             Business Training Grant, State of Wyoming

       2008                    ‘Emerging Artist’ award, Art Fair Jackson Hole

       2006                    Full-time work-study scholarship, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

 

 Past Gallery Representation

-Guchibird Driggs, ID

-Curate, NJ

-The Bootlegger Store, Jackson Hole, WY

-The Real Mother Goose, Portland, OR

--Lucy’s Sheep Camp fiber store and ranch, Thermopolis, WY

 

Teaching Experience

-Clothing Alterations 4-part series                                      Jackson, WY 2014

-Children’s beginning sewing class                             Jackson, WY 2013-2014

-Nuno Felting Scarves class                                                                Private Class

-Basic Felt Making                                       Art Association, Jackson, WY  2011

-Y.A.R.D. Art Instructor                Art Association, Jackson, WY 2011-2012

 

Publications

Jackson Hole News and Guide Feb 2015, Broadway Shuffle business highlight

500 felt objects, Lark Books, 2011, image 184

Jackson Hole News and Guide July 2008, Stepping out Section

 

Memberships

American Craft Council

Wyoming First Program

Art Association of Jackson Hole

"Mere hours before the winter formal dance while in Junior High School she sat down behind a sewing machine for the first time and with some fabric, sweat and the over-reaching naiveté  that only comes with adolescence a dress and career were born." That might be a bit of an exaggeration, it wasn't my first time behind a sewing machine-more like the second or third, but I did start to make that dress the day of the dance and, you know what, I wore that dress to the dance that night! And it was the beginning of my future career in fashion design, tailoring and bespoke clothing.

Why would someone feel motivated to make her own dress the day of the dance? For the same reason I continue to make clothing for myself and others today,  Because I could not find clothing I liked and that fit me well. Sound familiar? Contact me to discuss the various ways I can assist you in finding a better fitting garment or to have one made!

I have been sewing professional since 2000. In the fall of 2013 I made the decision to go full time with my sewing and in the fall of 2014 opened my brick and mortar shop.