upcycled reconstructed deconstructed eclectic clothing

Hi, I'm Helen. I started selling my clothes on Etsy in 2006, when the internet was in black and white.
I design and make one-of-a-kind clothing from new and recycled materials.
I'm a fan of black deconstructed asymmetric rawness. And Yohji Yamamoto. Of course. Sigh.
Here's a series of reconstructed dresses I made from recycled cotton and new linen.
And here is my happy messy studio in Syracuse, New York.

I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes ...

Hi, I'm Helen Carter. I'm a friendly freak - a minimalist with a strong absurdist streak who likes to make clothes that explore, blend, cross and possibly desecrate all the lines within those realms. I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes.

• ABOUT THE WORK: I like dour things with hidden punchlines. I like outrageously funny things with dark underbellies. I like turning one idea into one dress in one fell swoop, on a good day. I dream that my work could somehow emerge from - and exist outside of - the blip in time where we are stuck together. I love that idea even though I'm not sure exactly what it means. I also enjoy making jokes that no one gets. But mostly: I'm committed to the paradox of making meaningful clothing.

• ABOUT THE PROCESS: I sew intuitively, blending found and new materials to suit my needs. I like deconstructing. I like exposing the process. I like to combine the sturdy with the raw. I embrace wabi sabi, even if that becomes a trendy thing to say. Right now I'm working in small themed batches of maybe a dozen or so pieces at a time, made one at a time in my studio.

• ABOUT YOU: I'm interested in pairing eccentricity with comfort for you. I'm interested in dressing women of all shapes and ages. I'm drawn to those of you who hear "I wish I could get away with that" whispered into your ear on a regular basis. I want to propel you along on your path by helping you look the way you feel. I'm interested in sincere wildness and joining others who are exploring a deep, abiding wild authenticity.
Owner, Maker, Designer
I make these things.
Photographer, Packer And Shipper, Shelf Putter-upper, Ledge Talker-downer