I am fascinated by the interaction between people and their surroundings, the body versus space, the order and arrangement of things around me, and the contrast of opposite ideas. My work focuses on surface, with fabric as a starting point, and is primarily characterized by dark and mysterious themes. Seven years ago, I lost my grandfather, a man with whom I was incredibly close. Moving forward after my grandfather’s loss was not only painful, but a struggle I have been experiencing for several years. In devising my senior thesis collection, I was inspired by his funeral as well as my ensuing efforts to accept his passing and allow the hurt and pain of the loss to dissipate. Using advanced techniques such as laser cutting, I was able to create a new way of pleating and pushed that idea further throughout the process. As the collection evolved, it became this idea of dissipation and officially letting go. Moving through the collection, the pieces become much more softer and delicate, and culminates with a luminous white gown.