Social Fabrics: Wearable + Media + Interconnectivity

I am a metalsmith interested in extending the tradition of jewelry and body adornment by incorporating wearable technologies that either affect the viewer or allow the viewer to affect the environment. These wearable machines reinterpret our everyday interactions and address ideas of control and vulnerability. I build retro-futuristic adornments informed by ancient armor reinterpreted through cyborgian themes. The pieces merge existing and emerging media and materials like metals, plastics, silicones, ferrofluid, found objects, wireless cameras, and programmable chips, as well as "hacked" circuits from many components gathered from the everyday. The performative aspect of my work, in combination with the materials, allows me to explore contemporary social themes based in my experience of the times I live in. With God On Our Side comments on U.S. Government's role in the world today. The surplus military issue Kevlar helmet is equipped with an optical device that projects a flashing red, white, and blue cross a the face of the wearer.

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Updated 22 July 2009