There is a certain emotion that luxury brands evoke. From the feel of superior materials, to the attention to detail placed into each product, luxury houses like Chanel, Hermès, Valentino, Dior, and Gucci have been creating beautiful products for generations. Every product purchased from these luxury brands comes wonderfully packaged in a beautiful box. Usually we are very hesitant to throw one of these boxes away. They are a status symbol in and of themselves, so, inevitably the boxes usually go into storage somewhere, but are eventually discarded. Since I create many pieces using luxury fabrics like Hermès scarves, my studio becomes littered with boxes.
While working on sketches one day, inspiration struck and I decided to use these boxes as a canvas for my new pieces. Each box is carefully selected and turned into an art piece using embroidery, assemblage, and collage. Each box has its own characteristics and is often vintage in age. All of the boxes are either limited editions or part of very small editions composed of 3 or less works. Once the boxes are finished they are 3D-mounted in a contemporary shadow box frame.
After each box is hand-selected, a unique design is created
for that box.
Each box is then embroidered. Stitching through a box is
extremely difficult and time-consuming. Since each box
is unique, extreme care must be taken when stitching is
Depending on the box, some are embellished with lace,
patches, and additional assemblage techniques. All of the
embroideries are created at the studio as well.
Once completed, the boxes are 3D-mounted using the
original base box as support, then framed in a shadowbox.