Growing up on a lake in Michigan, I spent a lot of time outdoors near the water. Throughout my life I have traveled to and lived in many locations near beautiful bodies of water including Michigan, California, Seattle, London, New York City, and Chicago. My collection Adrift is inspired by my love of sailing and living near water. My design process included studying different kinds of sails including batwing sails and junk ships, and abstractly draping these shapes in recycled sail cloth.   

As a graphic design minor, I developed digitally printed fabrics that showcase the beauty of bodies of water. Summer 2013 I traveled to familiar water locations in Michigan and Seattle and took many pictures and collected artifacts. Selected photographs from my journey have been digitally printed on cotton silk. This material has been combined with recycled sail cloth from my family’s sail boats. The pieces in my collection feature boat necklines, low backs, lines seen in sails, flat felled seams, and billowing silhouettes that catch wind as they move down the runway. My collection epitomizes the adventurous spirit of sailing off to new sights. 

 sail draping 

sail draping 

 Junk Dress illustration 

Junk Dress illustration 

 Varnish Clam Jumpsuit illustration 

Varnish Clam Jumpsuit illustration 

 Batwing Top and Skirt Illustration 

Batwing Top and Skirt Illustration 

 Butterfly Dress and Capelette Illustration 

Butterfly Dress and Capelette Illustration 

 Junk Dress Muslin 

Junk Dress Muslin 

 Junk

Junk

 my inspiration 

my inspiration 

 sail draping 

sail draping 

 draping of sail shapes 

draping of sail shapes 

 Junk Dress side and back Illustration 

Junk Dress side and back Illustration 

 Varnish Clam Jumpsuit side and back Illustration

Varnish Clam Jumpsuit side and back Illustration

 Batwing Top and Skirt side and back Illustration 

Batwing Top and Skirt side and back Illustration 

 Butterfly Dress and Capelette back Illustration 

Butterfly Dress and Capelette back Illustration 

 Butterfly Dress Muslin 

Butterfly Dress Muslin 

 Butterfly

Butterfly

 Models and I at the Dominican Fashion Show where I won Best Senior Collection. 

Models and I at the Dominican Fashion Show where I won Best Senior Collection. 

 My award winning collection Adrift shot in Chicago by Eric Clarke. 

My award winning collection Adrift shot in Chicago by Eric Clarke. 

 Torch Lake Junk Ship dress 

Torch Lake Junk Ship dress 

 Bat Wing Grand Haven top and skirt 

Bat Wing Grand Haven top and skirt 

 Discovery Hanging Butterfly dress and capelette 

Discovery Hanging Butterfly dress and capelette 

 Clam Shell Sail jumpsuit 

Clam Shell Sail jumpsuit