Artist Statement – Textiles Concentration
A Gift She Never Touched
When I was 17 years old, I stole my mother’s sewing machine – a gift she never touched. Instead of watching it gather dust, I taught myself how to sew. When I got hold of this machine, I instantly fell in love and, as I dove into the world of sewing, my creativity skyrocketed. I started off making pillows, then, I graduated to tote bags, dresses, shirts, etc. I even repaired ...view middle of the document...
During my freshman year, I joined a modeling organization, and, to my surprise, I was able to create custom pieces for myself and other models to wear during fashion shows. Utilizing my ability to sew allowed me to be myself and express my creativity freely and in my own way. Most importantly, it allowed me to be confident in who I am and in my abilities as an artist.
It didn’t take long to realize that I thoroughly enjoyed creating things with fabric. I’ve, since, become obsessed with intricate patterns and funky details, wondering how I can recreate what I see. One of my goals is to design my own original fabric/patterns to use to create messenger bags, dresses, pillows and many other things. I would also like to continue my great-grandmother’s yearly quilt-making tradition. These are only two of many goals, pertaining to textiles, which I plan to accomplish.
Borrowing my mother’s sewing machine is one of the most impactful decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did I come across something I’m passionate about, but I also gained skills that now serve as a foundation for something greater. At this point, I am confident that my skills, interests, and aspirations fit the Textiles program perfectly.