Hunter Andrews Hunter Andrews a recent graduate from the Fashion Textile Design program at NCSU and current Associate Designer at Mountain Khakis. She believes that every aspect of the textile world is essential to creating high quality and original garment. She is always looking for new trends as well as thinking of new ways to challenge her creativity.

Hunter Andrews

Hunter Andrews a recent graduate from the Fashion Textile Design program at NCSU and current Associate Designer at Mountain Khakis. She believes that every aspect of the textile world is essential to creating high quality and original garment. She is always looking for new trends as well as thinking of new ways to challenge her creativity.

Sarah Terry Argabrite Sarah makes art out of yarn. She makes outdoor, site-specific yarn installations to be enjoyed by the public (and eroded by the elements). During the day she works in the tech field and often incorporates tech waste into her knitted artwork. Weird local music and Southern culture inspire her, and she is a lifelong North Carolina resident.

Sarah Terry Argabrite

Sarah makes art out of yarn. She makes outdoor, site-specific yarn installations to be enjoyed by the public (and eroded by the elements). During the day she works in the tech field and often incorporates tech waste into her knitted artwork. Weird local music and Southern culture inspire her, and she is a lifelong North Carolina resident.

Betsy Birkner Making Barbie doll gowns and ironing church vestments with her grandmother in Mt. Airy, NC, started Betsy down the path of fashion obsession. She now works in clay creating ceramic armor and assembling abstract mixed media paintings. A 2015 McColl Center for Art + Innovation Alumna, she creates and collaborates in Charlotte, and has received two grants from the Arts & Science Council. She teaches Color Theory at Central Piedmont Community College and exhibits throughout the southeast.

Betsy Birkner

Making Barbie doll gowns and ironing church vestments with her grandmother in Mt. Airy, NC, started Betsy down the path of fashion obsession. She now works in clay creating ceramic armor and assembling abstract mixed media paintings. A 2015 McColl Center for Art + Innovation Alumna, she creates and collaborates in Charlotte, and has received two grants from the Arts & Science Council. She teaches Color Theory at Central Piedmont Community College and exhibits throughout the southeast.

Artist Cathay Cathay drew from his experience as an artist, instructor, entrepreneur, and community activist to form a dynamic grassroots organization called Beyond The Arts, Inc., a non-profit youth development organization that combines the arts, community service, and apprenticeship to help at-risk youth develop self-esteem and self-sufficiency to lead more prosperous and productive lives. Cathay serves as a Mecklenburg County Public Art commissioner and facilitates child, young adult, and senior art classes throughout the Charlotte community. Cathay’s work with the Senior Services of the Charlotte Housing Authority, allows him to provide free art classes for senior residents throughout the Mecklenburg area.

Artist Cathay

Cathay drew from his experience as an artist, instructor, entrepreneur, and community activist to form a dynamic grassroots organization called Beyond The Arts, Inc., a non-profit youth development organization that combines the arts, community service, and apprenticeship to help at-risk youth develop self-esteem and self-sufficiency to lead more prosperous and productive lives. Cathay serves as a Mecklenburg County Public Art commissioner and facilitates child, young adult, and senior art classes throughout the Charlotte community. Cathay’s work with the Senior Services of the Charlotte Housing Authority, allows him to provide free art classes for senior residents throughout the Mecklenburg area.

Malou Tabada Cordery Malou was born in the Philippines and has been an active member in the Filipino American Community of the Carolinas as a dance performer, choreographer and costume designer. Malou has always loved fashion, but her talent as designer emerged when making traditional Filipino costumes for her daughters. Initially using craft materials to embellish her costumes, Malou transitioned into utilizing recycled and upcycled components in her designs that were featured in several magazines. Malou is happy to participate in Condom Couture, which combines her interest in fashion with fundraising in a fun and important event.

Malou Tabada Cordery

Malou was born in the Philippines and has been an active member in the Filipino American Community of the Carolinas as a dance performer, choreographer and costume designer. Malou has always loved fashion, but her talent as designer emerged when making traditional Filipino costumes for her daughters. Initially using craft materials to embellish her costumes, Malou transitioned into utilizing recycled and upcycled components in her designs that were featured in several magazines. Malou is happy to participate in Condom Couture, which combines her interest in fashion with fundraising in a fun and important event.

daycreations A refreshingly unapologetic individualist, day brings a sophisticated eye and deft hand to her core jewelry work while inspiring her custom clients to embrace their one-of-a-kind selves via pieces created specifically for them. With the urban and industrial being huge sources of inspiration, day’s studies at Penland have enhanced her taste for combining the disparate, the unlikely, and the perfectly matched. A graphic designing father, goodwill ambassador for a mother, and the brilliant being known as her son, G-Man, have and continue to enrich the sensibilities of day as a contemporary artist and woman.

daycreations

A refreshingly unapologetic individualist, day brings a sophisticated eye and deft hand to her core jewelry work while inspiring her custom clients to embrace their one-of-a-kind selves via pieces created specifically for them. With the urban and industrial being huge sources of inspiration, day’s studies at Penland have enhanced her taste for combining the disparate, the unlikely, and the perfectly matched. A graphic designing father, goodwill ambassador for a mother, and the brilliant being known as her son, G-Man, have and continue to enrich the sensibilities of day as a contemporary artist and woman.

Edelweiss De Guzman Edelweiss De Guzman is an award winning artist who grew up in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. when she was eighteen.  Her cross disciplinary background in illustration, digital design, studio art painting and contemporary/conceptual garment design infuses multiple influences and approaches. Edelweiss in the co-founder of the Art Ecologie Group, Creative Director of Asian Music and Dance Festival, and 2nd vice president of the Filipino-American Community of the Carolinas. You can find Edelweiss on Instagram, Facebook, and her website.

Edelweiss De Guzman

Edelweiss De Guzman is an award winning artist who grew up in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. when she was eighteen.  Her cross disciplinary background in illustration, digital design, studio art painting and contemporary/conceptual garment design infuses multiple influences and approaches. Edelweiss in the co-founder of the Art Ecologie Group, Creative Director of Asian Music and Dance Festival, and 2nd vice president of the Filipino-American Community of the Carolinas.

You can find Edelweiss on Instagram, Facebook, and her website.

Mark Doepker Mark Doepker is a self-taught artist who grew up in Michigan. Much of his discipline revolves around the visual arts, portraits, figures, painted sculptures, and kinetic sculptures. In his work he uses a lot of color, finding that it gives him strength and helps to spark the inferno of imagination inside of him. Color also helps lift his spirits and augments intellectual activity. Mark is a lifelong creative always trying to find ways to make our lives better. This will be his third year supporting this great cause.

Mark Doepker

Mark Doepker is a self-taught artist who grew up in Michigan. Much of his discipline revolves around the visual arts, portraits, figures, painted sculptures, and kinetic sculptures. In his work he uses a lot of color, finding that it gives him strength and helps to spark the inferno of imagination inside of him. Color also helps lift his spirits and augments intellectual activity. Mark is a lifelong creative always trying to find ways to make our lives better. This will be his third year supporting this great cause.

Buff Faye Out of drag, Buff Faye is known as Shane Windmeyer, the founder and executive director of Campus Pride. Buff is proud to be an active and visible leader within the Charlotte LGBTQ community, and does drag as a way to raise money for local and national charities. She writes a monthly column “Dishing with Buff Faye” for Q-Notes and is the only drag queen to be featured on both front page of The Charlotte Observer and the cover of Creative Loafing. In 2012, Buff was named Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Best” Drag Entertainer and Q-Notes’ Best of Charlotte Drag Queen.

Buff Faye

Out of drag, Buff Faye is known as Shane Windmeyer, the founder and executive director of Campus Pride. Buff is proud to be an active and visible leader within the Charlotte LGBTQ community, and does drag as a way to raise money for local and national charities. She writes a monthly column “Dishing with Buff Faye” for Q-Notes and is the only drag queen to be featured on both front page of The Charlotte Observer and the cover of Creative Loafing. In 2012, Buff was named Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Best” Drag Entertainer and Q-Notes’ Best of Charlotte Drag Queen.

FROCK Shop As Charlotte native and owner of FROCK Shop in Plaza Midwood, Caroline Cook uses her passion for fashion to collaborate with local artists and businesses to educate and empower our community. Caroline believes there is no better time to participate in your life than right now.

FROCK Shop

As Charlotte native and owner of FROCK Shop in Plaza Midwood, Caroline Cook uses her passion for fashion to collaborate with local artists and businesses to educate and empower our community. Caroline believes there is no better time to participate in your life than right now.

Jennifer Parham Gilomen Jennifer was born and raised in Kingsport TN and moved to Charlotte after graduating from Furman University. Upon the realization that her Business Administration degree was outside her area of interest she went back to school and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. Worked in Arts administration for a few years and taught high school art. Upon realizing that teaching was outside her area of interest she returned to school to pursue an MFA. After graduating in 2004 she had the honor and privilege of not one but two residencies at The McColl Center. Today she is a practicing artist, a mother, a wife, a gardener, and a homemaker.

Jennifer Parham Gilomen

Jennifer was born and raised in Kingsport TN and moved to Charlotte after graduating from Furman University. Upon the realization that her Business Administration degree was outside her area of interest she went back to school and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. Worked in Arts administration for a few years and taught high school art. Upon realizing that teaching was outside her area of interest she returned to school to pursue an MFA. After graduating in 2004 she had the honor and privilege of not one but two residencies at The McColl Center. Today she is a practicing artist, a mother, a wife, a gardener, and a homemaker.

Francisco Gonzalez I'm a native of México and a self-taught printmaker and mixed media artist. My work has been in several exhibitions across the country, including Celebrating The Legacy of Romare Bearden and Arte-Poesia-Música, both at the Mint Museum. I was an affiliate artist with the McColl Center, and my work was in Arte Latino Now, at Queens University. My art is in several private collections around the world, as well as in the permanent collection of Queens University and in corporations throughout North Carolina. I have won awards from Associated Artist of Winston Salem, NC, Museum of York County in Rock Hill and the Charlotte Art League.

Francisco Gonzalez

I'm a native of México and a self-taught printmaker and mixed media artist. My work has been in several exhibitions across the country, including Celebrating The Legacy of Romare Bearden and Arte-Poesia-Música, both at the Mint Museum. I was an affiliate artist with the McColl Center, and my work was in Arte Latino Now, at Queens University. My art is in several private collections around the world, as well as in the permanent collection of Queens University and in corporations throughout North Carolina. I have won awards from Associated Artist of Winston Salem, NC, Museum of York County in Rock Hill and the Charlotte Art League.

Sara Johnson Sara Johnson is a self taught artist and designer who, as a child, begged her mother for fabric scraps and scissors to craft dresses for her dolls. After a chance meeting with a local event producer, she was asked to create a wearable garment from magazine pages. Several weeks and many tears later, she watched that agent walk the runway. From that moment on she worked to create a colorful, modern, comfortable, and wearable women's wear. She has created custom looks for locals, crafted one-of-a-kind, non-traditional bridal gowns and showed four full collections. Her full time passion is being wife to her husband, Brian and mom to her daughters Sela and Karys. She enjoys all forms of art, cooking, entertaining, coaching and singing.

Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson is a self taught artist and designer who, as a child, begged her mother for fabric scraps and scissors to craft dresses for her dolls. After a chance meeting with a local event producer, she was asked to create a wearable garment from magazine pages. Several weeks and many tears later, she watched that agent walk the runway. From that moment on she worked to create a colorful, modern, comfortable, and wearable women's wear. She has created custom looks for locals, crafted one-of-a-kind, non-traditional bridal gowns and showed four full collections. Her full time passion is being wife to her husband, Brian and mom to her daughters Sela and Karys. She enjoys all forms of art, cooking, entertaining, coaching and singing.

Emily Kramer Emily's creative side took hold at a very young age. At age 11, she began designing costumes for backyard plays in her neighborhood. Since then, she has had many years of professional costuming & fashion design experience, as well as stage, short film, music video, & red carpet.  She has costumed for the Royal Court at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, participants of the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and for historical re-enactors, short film, and various theater performances. She also served as head costumer at the Phipps Center for Performing Arts in Hudson, WI.  

Emily Kramer

Emily's creative side took hold at a very young age. At age 11, she began designing costumes for backyard plays in her neighborhood. Since then, she has had many years of professional costuming & fashion design experience, as well as stage, short film, music video, & red carpet.  She has costumed for the Royal Court at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, participants of the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and for historical re-enactors, short film, and various theater performances. She also served as head costumer at the Phipps Center for Performing Arts in Hudson, WI.

 

Amberle Linnea Amberle Linnea is an award-winning cosplayer who regularly appears at comic conventions around the country. Amberle’s work has been featured in the Girls of the Con Calendar (twice), AlmostNerdy.com, CosCouture, in Charlotte Seen's Fashion Week, and in other venues. When she’s not dressing up, Amberle Linnea drinks too much red wine; reads crazy amounts of fiction; romps with her twelve pets; refuses to see the Ender’s Game movie (because it can NEVER compare to the book); and tries to identify piercings and tattoos she can add without exposing them in her day time corporate career.

Amberle Linnea

Amberle Linnea is an award-winning cosplayer who regularly appears at comic conventions around the country. Amberle’s work has been featured in the Girls of the Con Calendar (twice), AlmostNerdy.com, CosCouture, in Charlotte Seen's Fashion Week, and in other venues. When she’s not dressing up, Amberle Linnea drinks too much red wine; reads crazy amounts of fiction; romps with her twelve pets; refuses to see the Ender’s Game movie (because it can NEVER compare to the book); and tries to identify piercings and tattoos she can add without exposing them in her day time corporate career.

Rocio Llusca Rocio is a mixed media artist who expresses her feelings through her beautiful art. She is originally from Ecuador and has lived in the USA for ten years. Rocio is known for her vivid colors and her expressionistic pieces. She uses recycled materials such as egg shells, paper, T-Shirt rags, and much more. She believes in giving second opportunities to materials that we don’t use. Her art is a revelation of her inner thoughts and emotions expressed through unique designs and colors. Rocio's art is a message of unity, creativity and diversity.

Rocio Llusca

Rocio is a mixed media artist who expresses her feelings through her beautiful art. She is originally from Ecuador and has lived in the USA for ten years. Rocio is known for her vivid colors and her expressionistic pieces. She uses recycled materials such as egg shells, paper, T-Shirt rags, and much more. She believes in giving second opportunities to materials that we don’t use.

Her art is a revelation of her inner thoughts and emotions expressed through unique designs and colors. Rocio's art is a message of unity, creativity and diversity.

Flavia Lovatelli I was born both a creative soul and a natural “re-purposer.” I salvage and recycle whenever I can and then reinvent something new. I am also a tactile artist drawn to dimensional work with textures, shape and color. My work is spontaneous, dictated by materials that find their way to me. I wake up in the middle of the night dreaming of an incredible project, like Condom Couture, and then I go to work.  I try to create pieces that evoke emotion at the sensory level, such as the intense desire to touch the textures, densities and temperatures.

Flavia Lovatelli

I was born both a creative soul and a natural “re-purposer.” I salvage and recycle whenever I can and then reinvent something new. I am also a tactile artist drawn to dimensional work with textures, shape and color. My work is spontaneous, dictated by materials that find their way to me. I wake up in the middle of the night dreaming of an incredible project, like Condom Couture, and then I go to work.  I try to create pieces that evoke emotion at the sensory level, such as the intense desire to touch the textures, densities and temperatures.

Ambur Rose Ambur Rose is an Artist in Charlotte NC. Known for timeless creations in unique jewelry and accessory design

Ambur Rose

Ambur Rose is an Artist in Charlotte NC. Known for timeless creations in unique jewelry and accessory design

Kat Sweet Kat Sweet is a mixed media artist with a BFA in Painting and a huge love of Fiber Arts. She enjoys hot coffee, long walks on the beach, and the color blue. When she is not busy creating and crafting, you can find her chasing after her two children, in the kitchen baking a casserole, or at the junk yard hunting for Volvo parts!

Kat Sweet

Kat Sweet is a mixed media artist with a BFA in Painting and a huge love of Fiber Arts. She enjoys hot coffee, long walks on the beach, and the color blue. When she is not busy creating and crafting, you can find her chasing after her two children, in the kitchen baking a casserole, or at the junk yard hunting for Volvo parts!

Keisha Thrift Keisha isn't a designer by trade or hobby, but a crafting and glitter enthusiast. After co-designing last year with StashPad, she wanted to make another "active fashion over function" piece for the runway this year. The appeal of Condom Couture for her is exercising her creative side while contributing something much more meaningful for Planned Parenthood. She's a social butterfly who works hard and plays harder. Find her doing makeup or at Snug Harbor mixing up a cocktail or shaking it on stage.

Keisha Thrift

Keisha isn't a designer by trade or hobby, but a crafting and glitter enthusiast. After co-designing last year with StashPad, she wanted to make another "active fashion over function" piece for the runway this year. The appeal of Condom Couture for her is exercising her creative side while contributing something much more meaningful for Planned Parenthood. She's a social butterfly who works hard and plays harder. Find her doing makeup or at Snug Harbor mixing up a cocktail or shaking it on stage.

Jack TuxedoKat: Rachael Marshall Bio to come.

Jack TuxedoKat: Rachael Marshall

Bio to come.

Jack TuxedoKat: Jam Solo Jam Solo pushes rocks for her day job, "stone countertops ain't no joke." All the while balancing her very musically dominated social scene by night. She will definitely drink all your champagne if you let her! She loves animals and children as long as they're not hers. This is her first attempt in participating along with two of her friends Kat & Raquel designing for Condom Couture.

Jack TuxedoKat: Jam Solo

Jam Solo pushes rocks for her day job, "stone countertops ain't no joke." All the while balancing her very musically dominated social scene by night. She will definitely drink all your champagne if you let her! She loves animals and children as long as they're not hers. This is her first attempt in participating along with two of her friends Kat & Raquel designing for Condom Couture.

Jack TuxedoKat: Kat Wyllie I am a thirty-two year old graphic designer, video editor, story-teller and producer of strange and unusual ideas. I joined the Condom Couture project for two reasons.  First, I enjoy using unique materials in design and working with condoms was a wonderful opportunity to experiment with my question of “what can I make clothing out of next?” Second, Planned Parenthood is an amazing organization and I wanted to help raise funds for it.  There is so much art and culture in the Condom Couture Fashion Show and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Jack TuxedoKat: Kat Wyllie

I am a thirty-two year old graphic designer, video editor, story-teller and producer of strange and unusual ideas. I joined the Condom Couture project for two reasons.  First, I enjoy using unique materials in design and working with condoms was a wonderful opportunity to experiment with my question of “what can I make clothing out of next?” Second, Planned Parenthood is an amazing organization and I wanted to help raise funds for it.  There is so much art and culture in the Condom Couture Fashion Show and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.