During my thesis year at RISD, the exploration of structure led me to create garments that act as an architectural space to hold one's body, inspired by my experiences in my grandmother’s house in Nagano, Japan. Through observing the emptiness, change, and transition around me as her belongings and her body were gradually separated from the space, I began to imagine ways in which the garments we wear could function as a protective structure- able to adapt and transform in the same ways that individuals do.

    My process began within a structure; a set of physical and conceptual confinements that Idetermined for my designs. Thinking between what would typically be a pattern for a garment, and comparing it to what would be necessary for a stable structure, the framework slowly became geometrical. As I moved between the form on the body, to standing as a structure, the importance of fluidity and flexibility began to guide the final construction of the garment. Utilizing old, worn sails from a local source in Narragansett and off-cuts from Pneuhaus, an inflatable art studio, I began to combine them with my own patterns, textures, and imagery to create forms and garments that blended in with specific coastal landscapes.
    The two tent jackets and the supplemental garments make up The Coordinates Collection, which investigates the feelings of home, safety, and protection in both the context of the natural an urban environment, and our changing relationships between these two contrasting locations.