protective gear for your internal revolution

Syracuse, New York · 1071 Sales


protective gear for your internal revolution

Syracuse, New York 1071 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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5 out of 5 stars
Beth Herz

Beth Herz on Mar 10, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love this skirt, this might be the only thing I wear for the next six months. Well made as always and packaged with great care. Thank you!

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Secret Lentil arm warmers. Just added to my Etsy shop.
SALE on everything in my Etsy shop. Use code THIRTY and get 30 percent off your order. YAY!
Many new upcycled pieces have been added to my shop. And later this week I'll have a cluster of sweaters up. Yay!

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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 materials and techniques 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, made one at a time in my studio, then transformed by hand-dyeing down in my cool basement.

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 have strangers whisper "I wish I could get away with that" into your ear. I want you to get away with it. 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.


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  • helen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I make these things.

  • mike

    Photographer, Packer And Shipper, Shelf Putter-upper, Ledge Talker-downer

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