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-Artist Statement-


My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.

I am a formally trained historian and a self taught seamstress. I am a devourer of visual and historic information. I study period fashion plates, vintage photographs, read historic clothing texts, read period literature, and visit museum collections. I find my inspiration from a swatch of material, a piece of trim, or even a vintage button.

Each piece of historical clothing I offer is my own design. I carefully research and construct each piece myself right here in my Southeastern Tennessee studio.

-Notable Work-
2011 Abraham Lincoln- Vampire Hunter Tim Burton Productions Milliner for Set Design
Dreadful Sorry NewBourne Productions Costume Design/Production
2010 1863 Raid on Indiana Boston Productions Costume Design and Historical Clothing Consultant
2009 Gravity- music video/Vienna Teng
Fat Monster Films Costume Design/Production
2006 National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets Walt Disney Pictures Wardrobe

The Frontier (pilot)
Costume Production

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Costume Design/Production
She Stoops to Conquer
Pallas Theatre Collective- Arlington, VA
Costume Design/Production

The Veil
Quotidian Theater Company- Betheseda, MD
Costume Design/Production

As You Like It
Shakespeare Theatre Company- Washington D.C Costume Design/Production
2011 Oliver Twist
Georgetown Theatre- Georgetown, KY
Costume Design/Production
Music of the Night Chattanooga Symphony and Opera- Chattanooga, TN Costume Design/Production
2005 Oliver 
Theatre Arts Workshop- Armonk, NY Costume Design/Production

Jean LaFitte NPS- New Orleans, LA
Nash Farm, Grapevine, TX

Musée Royal 22e Régiment- Quebec, Canada

Hot Springs National Park- Hot Springs, AR

Wells Museum Community- UK

Oak Alley Plantation- Vacherie, LA

The Wyoming Veteran’s Memorial Museum- Casper, WY

City of Raleigh-Historic Resources and Museum Program- NC
Brazos State Historic Park- Austin, TX

Audubon State Historic Site- St. Francisville, LA

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site- Honolulu, HI

Tennessee State Museum- Nashville, TN

The National Civil War Naval Museum- Columbus, GA
Lowell Mill Historical Park- Lowell, MA

George Ranch Historical Park- Richmond, TX

Island Farm- Manteo, NC

Strawbery Banke Museum-Portsmouth, NH

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial- Put in Bay, OH
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park- Fishers, IN

Island Farm- Manteo, NC
2010 Powhatan Historic Park- Little Rock AR

Gore Place- Waltham, MA

Turner Exhibits- Lynnewood, WA
California Trail National Interpretive Center- Elko, NV

Maryland Historical Society- Baltimore, MD
2008 The Country Doctor Museum- Bailey, NC

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site- Washington, OR

Historic Brattonsville- York County, SC
2007 Kentucky Historical Society- Frankfort, KY

The Pierce Manse- Concord, NH

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation- Brunswick, GA
2006 Frazier International History Museum- Louisville, KY

Formations, Inc- Portland, OR

Lifeformations, Inc.- Bowling Green, OH

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park- Ft. Oglethorpe, GA

Lectures, Workshops, and Publications
Corncob Grannies and Buxom Babes: Undressing the Stereotype of 19th century Appalachian Women ALHFAM- Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville, TN

Workshop: Make your own 19th century Quilted Petticoat
ALHFAM- Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville, TN
Dressing Fannie Wright: Dress and Refom in the Nashoba Community
The Costume Society of America- Traveller's Rest, Nashville, TN

Corncob Grannies and Buxom Babes: Undressing the Stereotype of 19th century Appalachian Women
Mildred Haun Appalachian Studies Conference, Morristown, TN -and- Chattataqua Art Series- Chattanooga State Community College
Call to Action- Women in the Military from 1861-1865
Point Park, NPS
How the War Changed Women's Dress
Point Park, NPS
Gender issues in the American Civil War East Tennessee Sate University
1997 Women's roles in the Antebellum South
West Alabama State University
1997 Spies, Soldiers, and Smugglers- The secret lives of women during the American Civil War Chattanooga State Community College

2005 University of Tennessee Masters of Education- Visual Arts
1999 University of Tennessee Bachelor’s of Arts- History
International Studies- Visual Arts and Dress
Paris, France/London, England

Professional Development
Regional Symposium- Presenter and Participant, Huntsville, AL
Costume Society of America Regional Symposium- Presenter and Participant, Nashville, TN
National Symposium Fellowship recipient- Akron, OH
2012 Costume Society of America
National Symposium attendee- Atlanta, GA

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