"My art is a visual journal and memoir of my life. Growing up in a household of artists and musicians the idea of creating was quite ordinary; however like many families there wasn't much additional money to be spent on art supplies. But what my parents lacked in disposable funds, they greatly made up for with unconditional love and support. Any material I could find in the house was fair game, whether it was house paints, old fabrics, or even nail polishes. My mom taught me how to sew, and my Dad taught me how to use his tools. My love for art and fearlessness with material experimentation was realized.
Later I went to Langley Fine Arts in Fort Langley where I studied art with a focus on photography. On a whim during my senior year I took a textiles course where I learned how to embroider, and it was like I finally learned how to communicate. By graduation I won the Hyeon Award for Mastery in their Medium for Embroidery.
Upon Graduation I started a career as a Visual Merchandiser and studied fashion, only working on my art as a hobby. But there was always this yearning to express my point of view. After a very rough patch in my life I realized how import art was to me and I started to explore with materials without schooling, agenda, or even an idea what I was doing; I began to create. Then with the image in my head of a field of wildflowers I began to embroider. After almost seven years of not practicing this craft it was like I finally spoke again after being quiet for so long.
My time spent working in fashion has influenced my work greatly. I am constantly inspired by and make reference to the greatest Couture houses and the fashion industries most influential designers. I like to combine my love of nature and material experimentation with the techniques used in Couture while taking the lessons I've learned from my adolescence and apply them to each piece.
What's most important to me is that my work lives, it changes with the light, inspires and surprises. I purposely add details or use materials that can only be seen at a certain angle or when when the light hits it at that perfect direction."
Collections: Microcosm, Sean Alistair
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