I began by researching goddesses of Greek Mythology. I found the moon goddess Selene. It described her as being not separate from, but of the moon. However, I took most of my inspiration from the textures and ice pools of the actual earth moon. I chose a grey scale, using a variety of silks and mesh. The abstract shapes were hand-cut using grey and clear 16-gauge matte vinyl. The glass beads, crystals, and stones were all applied by hand.
The entire gown and headpiece were created from the ground up. I drew patterns for both, beginning with the head piece. I carefully attached each element of the dress, layer by layer, some are hand sewn. Each piece of silk was finished by burning it. The braided trim was handmade. No zippers, or any other fasteners were used. I finished the abstract shapes with fine LED lights to illuminate the moon goddess.
Her crescent moon shields were 3D printed. I outsourced those to my uncle, and he brought my sketches to life. The crescent moons were spray painted a grey scale. I added LEDs, and handles (drawer pulls). Finally, I embellished with a monochromatic yarn wrap, silver flakes, beads, and stones.
At the first meeting, I was told not to hold back. I set an intention to dive deep into my childlike imagination. I was inspired to sketch a whimsical interpretation of Selene, the moon goddess. I want to thank Madison for being so exceptional and professional, and for being born!