Fashion Professor Della Reams has been creating one-of-a-kind textiles and apparel since earning an MFA in Textiles from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 2005. Collaboratively developing digitally-printed fabric designs based on paintings, she makes them into pattern-focused dress designs for gallery exhibition. Reams’ work has been shown in nine countries and earned several awards. Her work has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine, Self Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Surface Design Journal and other periodicals, as well as books Artistry in Fiber Vol 3: Wearable Art, Textiles: The Art of Mankind, and The PATTERNBASE.
Utilizing fine art painting, digital printing, fashion draping, and sewing by hand and machine, I made this collaborative dress with African-American, New York-based artist, Larry Rushing. My work is inspired by color, the female body form and Rushing’s paintings in the context of their relationship. Rushing’s paintings are inspired by an erotic interpretation of femininity as the center of creativity, and the improvisational rhythm of jazz, utilizing his anima to express an exquisite sense of color. The painting that inspired this dress is titled Flora Rush.
Come hear Della’s Artist Talk at the Miami University Art Museum