Fashion design

Solo Show

Great news! In October 2017 I'll have a solo art show at Golden Belt: Room 100 Gallery. The show will display clothes and accessories made from recycled inner tubes, such as the items pictured above ("Creature Skin: Boss" & "A Coat for Louise").

  • "A Coat for Louise" – inspired by Louise Nevelson's work and a desire to use recycled bike inner tubes, I added layers and layers of black rubber to an old sports jacket. The final work is more H. R. Giger than Nevelson, but her work provided the initial spark, so she gets the coat.
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  • Sponsored by the Durham Art Guild
  • View more fashion and art at Tom's Instagram
  • See and purchase variations of the Creature Skin designs at Society6

Costumes and Art Shirt

I taught myself sewing to make Halloween costumes for family and friends, and I then I made practical things such as messenger bags. Now I make and modify clothes as another way to make creative statements.

Costume based on a French comic book from the 1970s.

Costume based on a character from a 1970s science fiction comic by Moebius.

Panel from Airtight Garage comic by Moebius.

1970s comic illustration by Moebius (Jean Giraud) -- inspiration for my costume.

Black Fox character costume for live action puzzle hunt.

Black Knight costume created for an actor in a puzzle hunt adventure.

Leggings with color design by Tom Buhrman

Society6 printed leggings design based on my Stars painting from 2016.

Fashion shirt version 1

Changeable Art Shirt: fashion analog to synthesizers created for Moog Fest 2016.

Fashion shirt with circle design

Moog Fest fans modified the Art Shirt while we waited in lines. Fun way to meet people.

Build your own Pat McCrory

Build A Pat: art shirt to poke fun at NC Governor Pat McCrory and HB2.

Art shirt showing large gold 5 to celebrate 5 years of the Carrack Gallery in Durham, NC

Anniversary shirt celebrating 5 years of the Carrack Gallery in Durham, NC.