I graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 2012 with a diploma in surface design/textiles. During my time at the college I learned various techniques and art forms including screen printing, digital printing and fabric dying which I have carried onto my creative career. After graduation I created hundreds of yards of custom silk for photoshoots, fashion lines, and collaborations, so much so that a friend of mine said "Dee, guess what my boyfriend calls you? Dee SILKIE". After that the name stuck.
In the spring of 2017 I launched the Kindness Boxers. Kindness boxers are unisex silk-cotton boxers. They are digitally printed with my custom floral design and have the words “instead be kind” printed around the waist band. When wearing the boxers they serve as a reminder to be kind to yourself and to those around you. Acts of kindness can be as small as buying someone’s coffee, giving yourself a compliment in the mirror, or giving your server an extra tip for no reason. The kindness boxers have been sold all over the world including Canada, USA, and Denmark.
In 2017-2018 I hand dyed a dress for The Travelling Dress Collective that traveled all over the world and was shot by over ten different fashion photographers. This dress, along with other silk pieces I have created have traveled to Los Angeles, Rome, Santorini, Denmark, Iceland, Prince Edward Island and Toronto to name a few.
Collaborations of Note
In 2016 I styled a photo-shoot in collaboration with Wear Your Label, using my silk scarves for a mental health campaign called DEFINE. Each scarf was dyed a different color that represented mental health challenges. (Red, self-harm, blue, depression and green, anxiety for example.) The silk scarves were then styled on role models who live with mental illness as a visual representation of what it feels like to live with that particular mental health challenge.
In the fall of 2015 I hand-dyed multiple silk scarves and collaborated with six fashion designers, a photographer, hair stylist, two makeup artists, and seven models on a project I called “SEVEN”. Each designer was given a large silk scarf in a different color and then made a high fashion garment out of the scarf to represent one of the seven deadly sins (lust, anger, greed, pride, envy, gluttony, laziness.) I styled and organized a photoshoot for each “sin” and then we showcased the finished dresses as well as the photos in the George Fry Gallery in Fredericton New Brunswick from December. 10th to January. 11th