For the upcoming Terra: Textile fashion show at the Caldera Festival (August 17 & 18), curator Abbie Miller invited two designers from other cities to be part of the fun. A follow-up to Miller’s highly successful 2011 runway show, CLAD, Terra Textile challenges designers to “explore the relationship between cloth and landscape.” Miller and Owen Ashley/Orwell Ashelter make up the local crew, while Ashley Ernest and Lizz Basinger represent the east and west coasts.
Culture Front will highlight each designer’s work in the coming weeks. Today’s designer is Ashley Ernest.
Ernest specializes in limited series and one-of-a-kind pieces. Her work ranges from the ergonomic to lady-like and eccentric. She designs jewelry and couture body adornment, reclaiming materials both vintage and antique She enjoys delving into anything which involves making and sparks her fancy. She received her BA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. She received an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
“I believe people are completely affected by their environments—psychologically, internally, and physically. Emotionally our boundaries are stretched and affected by the energy and static silences which inhabit these spaces. While testing our own boundaries we learn to cope with our environments. Controlling what we choose to notice in a new environment ensures that we are in control of ourselves.” – Ashley Ernest