I am also an artist and writer who is inspired by the intersection of fashion, art and history. I have contributed articles to Fashion Projects, Costume Society Journal, The Globe and Mail, Worn, Vintage and Modern, and other journals. My photos have appeared in the Toronto Star and Burda Publications.
In October 2011, I was the keynote speaker at the Costume Society of America mid-west conference in Iowa and spoke on the topic of When Does Fashion become Art?. In June 2012, I spoke at the Fashion Tales 2012 conference in Milan on The Metaphysics of Blogging. I have also given lectures on fashion and art at Concordia University and Ryerson University.
As an artist, I aim to express the idea of fashion as a portrait of identity, social class, self-image and socio-political forces. Using a variety of media, including pen and ink drawing, needlework, installation and photography, the common thread that underlies my artwork is fashion as a social commentary. My most recent exhibition "Constructions of Femininity" invoked Canadian identity through the use of aboriginal beading techniques on hockey equipment. I have a studio in downtown Toronto and have had my work shown at Edward Day Gallery and loop Gallery. Several of my pieces are in corporate and institutional collections. Several of my textile illustrations appeared in the September 2012 issue of Selvedge Magazine.