Think of beans, straws, pins, nails, Velcro, snaps, cable ties, and electric caps. These objects are not normally considered beautiful or valuable. I explore the value of such mundane objects, and discover their hidden beauty through a process of reconfiguration. I pay close attention to the objects and their system of organization in my environment. I bring in new ways of looking at these objects by creating relationships among them.
My work introduces unconventional uses of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions. By assembling, grouping, clustering, and piling, the simple elements become complex, and give rise to the unexpected. As the wearer approaches my work, their perspectives shift and sudden realizations spark wonder, discovery, tension, joy, and play.
My investigation of creation, innovation, and transformation questions the definition of value, and provides a never-ending field for invention. My cultural, social, environmental surroundings play a prominent role in informing the work. In this written thesis, I document the research, the process, and the body of my work.