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My practice minimizes the wastage typically created by cut and sew garments by instead developing large simple, pattern shapes. Working subtractively through gathering fabric rather than cutting and removing it, I activate these patterns to create adaptable fits for various body types. This method allows me to observe and respond to rectangular, tubular, or misshapen cuts of fabric as newly constructed silhouettes that change each time they are worn, and become customizable for the wearer. I approach design collaboratively between my process and my materials. For example, draping allows me to sketch by handling my fabric as I observe and respond to the way it will behave on the body. The textures created by gathering often creates a natural accentuation of the body. The same garment will look completely different on various body types with its ability to expand and shrink as needed. By contrast, my other works use additive processes like machine knitting and printing in order to directly design without excess.