I am the designer, photographer and subject of my dresses. Photography allows me to capture a temporary and private moment between me and the environment before the dresses are left to decompose. By fitting the flowers or moss to my skin, I become camouflaged and one within the wilderness. It is here when I feel most connected to nature. Because I travel alone and leave the dresses to the wilderness, many times the only witness has been my camera and I.
Photographing myself alone in the dresses requires hours of scouting for private locations, surrendering to the weather and preparing for unexpected encounters. The dresses are made with a sense of urgency due to the change of seasons, their delicate nature or the time I have set aside for the trip. Gathering and working with ephemeral materials has become a meditative practice that reconnects me to nature and calms me when contemplating our changing climate. Fittingly, I was named Terra for being born on Earth Day.