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Jessamy Kilcollins

Sustainable fashion & textiles

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art by somerville artistJessamyKilcollins titledTailored Wool Coat
Tailored Wool Coat Wool fabric, metal closures, satin lining
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Artist's Statement

 I am textile artist, fashion designer, and mender with a focus on sustainability and handcraft processes. My work explores the physical and the metaphysical properties of textiles. Using fabric scraps, secondhand clothing, and vintage materials, plus handwork techniques such as embroidery and beading, I explore the way the human experience is intimately entangled with the textiles that constantly surround us. I create a new chapter in the lives of these reclaimed textile elements by interacting with their innate histories and teasing out new stories.

I hold a BFA in Fibers and a Certificate in Fashion Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In January 2020, I was one of eight designers from the Northeast selected to participate in a sustainable fashion design competition called Project Upcycle, and I was awarded second place for my gala look sewed from repurposed secondhand clothing. My upcycled work has also been shown at Eileen Fisher Chestnut Hill, and local independent music festival Starlabfest. I have coordinated and participated in sustainability-focused mending pop-up events in and around Somerville, where I live with my partner and two cats  


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