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 and fabric dying which I have carried onto my creative career. Since 2015 I have hand-dyed multiple meters of silk yardage which I use in collaboration with other designers to make clothing and accessories such as scarves, chokers, and boxers. After months of creating new products and styling photo-shoots with my silks 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 a new accessory called “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. The idea behind the boxers is that when you wear them 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.
In 2016 I styled a photo-shoot for a mental health campaign in collaboration with Wear Your Label with my hand-dyed silk scarves. Each scarf was dyed a different color and represented a different mental health challenge. (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 photos in the George Fry Gallery in Fredericton New Brunswick from December. 10th to January. 11th