I was walking the fashion district, looking for zippers, when I came across a trimmings shop with stacks of little boxes of these size labels:
I knew immediately that they would inspire all kinds of Shell Game fun. In the future, I may paint or draw on them or in other ways alter them, but for my first utilization I've sewn them, as is, into this pair of cropped jeans from Old Navy.
That photo is of the jeans turned right-side-out, after I altered them. I sewed directly through the fabric, but because I used a dark thread and did small stitches, my additions were nearly invisible from outside. Here is what they look like inside-out:
To me, the scattering of size tags works as an abstract composition, but also brings to mind a representation of people of various sizes grouping themselves, and in that way takes on an almost narrative dimenstion. Here's a closer shot:
The line at Old Navy was very long when I went to do the return, which meant that I had plenty of time to work myself into a nervous state by imagining being caught. I spent a while watching the people around me, trying to perfect a "normal" way of standing in line. But when I got to the front the clerk was so busy that quite literally said only two words to me, and the return ended up being one of the quickest and smoothest yet.
I've started this blog as catalog/display for my artwork, particularly my ongoing projects. At the moment, that means "Shell Game" (where I buy clothing, alter the clothing in ways that are not immediately perceptible, like lining a pocket with pink fake fur or painting on an underskirt, and then return the clothing in the hopes that my altered pieces will be resold and/or found, creating moments of the inexplicable, critiquing consumer culture, tricking people into buying art, etc.), "Post-it Books" (where I write stories on post-it notes, and stick them in library books in such a way that they entwine with and riff off of the original story), and my paintings (which are, well, paintings).
I would say more about me in this "About Me", but the sneaky nature of some of my recent work begs a bit of stealth-mode. Suffice to say that I am very very good looking.