A. | How do you define yourself? 

My life is about learning and growing emotionally and spiritually.  When I talk about my work, I am a sculpture and an environmental advocate. My creative expression through fashion supports my environmental advocacy. 

A. | What do you do outside our your work routine? 

I eat well. I dance as much as I can. I connect with the beings in my life: with my wife and with my dogs. 

A. | How does oppression and privilege influence people’s success in your industry? 

The first thing I think about are the people make who make our fashion. The people who are growing the cotton that is sprayed with pesticides and having to bear the burden of the clothing we wear; thepeople who are mining the materials to make the synthetics; the people who are working in unfair working conditions to sew the clothing that we wear. I also think about the people who are oppressed tend to have to purchase really cheap clothing. There is this interesting relationship of people who are oppressed having to support the system of the other oppressed people having to create that clothing; there is this really vicious cycle.

The privilege of being able to break out of that system and to be able to support local designers and purchase organic or sustainable cotton isn’t something that everyone has access to. Something that everyone does have access to is buying second hand clothing — there is less discrepancy in this form; we can all go to a second hand store. That's where there is hope in the cycle. 

A. | What is fashion? How does fashion play a role in your life? 

I have two definitions of fashion: my cynical dark concept of fashion is “industry driven manipulation;” my hopeful, light, expressive side of fashion is “individual creative expression.”

A. | Where do you feel at home? 

The Salmon River Estuary. It's on the Oregon Coast. It is on the Nature Conservatory Land. The project I am working on is working with the Nature Conservatory to make a piece called “Oceana” out of sea shells as a figure for the public to write letters to around topics of ocean conservation. 

A. | How do you define success?

It doesn’t really mean money, it doesn’t always mean happiness, it means growing and being alive; it is grabbing ahold of this life that you have and learning from it—living!

A. | What would you recommend to yourself 20 years ago?

I would give advice about how to view the things that happen that look like they are bad; it's reframing them and coming to the paradigm that life is about attaining happiness and money and wealth — of course we want happiness but there is richness that happens between moments of happiness too