The Death Coat encourages talk and thinking about death. The coat is covered with skulls and the names of dead people we want to remember. I started the names with a few of my family members, but then I left space for future names. I would wear the coat in public and invite others to add a name of someone they want to remember. This would lead to a conversation about their departed friend or family members, and I think the practice of talking of death makes it easier to cope with.
Almost everyone I encountered loved the coat, added a name, and told me their story. Eventually the coat was sold, but you can make your own coat, and I plan to make another one.
The Death Coat (front)
The Death Coat (back)
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 character from a 1970s science fiction comic by Moebius.
1970s comic illustration by Moebius (Jean Giraud) -- inspiration for my costume.
Black Knight costume created for an actor in a puzzle hunt adventure.
Society6 printed leggings design based on my Stars painting from 2016.
Changeable Art Shirt: fashion analog to synthesizers created for Moog Fest 2016.
Moog Fest fans modified the Art Shirt while we waited in lines. Fun way to meet people.
Build A Pat: art shirt to poke fun at NC Governor Pat McCrory and HB2.
Anniversary shirt celebrating 5 years of the Carrack Gallery in Durham, NC.