Photo by Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun
February 8, 2014
Fiber artist Bisa Butler, 40, doesn't just create incredible quilted artworks - like the one in The Kinsey Collection on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. The West Orange, N.J., resident brings her art into her wardrobe as well...within limits.
"I can't wear the fabric I use in my artwork because a lot of it is too loud and too crazy. I make it a little easier on the eye when I'm walking around on the street. But, I really want to wear all of the colors all of the time...So, I do try to slip a little of it in."
Case in point? What Butler wore to the Collectors Reception at the museum, where she participated in a panel discussion about the value of collecting.
"I've been using a lot of netting in my artwork," she noted, referencing the black tutu she had created as an overlay to an old pencil skirt she was otherwise going to throw out.
That tutu was also a way to channel her fashion icon, Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a pink tutu in the series open of her TV series "Sex and The City."
HER STYLE: "Eclectic. I like my fashion to talk about the arts a little bit. I try to have a some sort of personal artsy feel to it."
HER ENSEMBLE: Forever 21 black star print on beige chiffon top. Cropped jacket with 3/4 -length sleeves and gold teardrop shaped earrings with faux mother-of-pearl from H&M. Black pencil skirt she's had for a while. Black tulle tutu overlay she made. Tiffany & Co. silver pendant that was her late brother's ("This is my good luck charm tonight.") Keith Haring - "my favorite artist of all time" - yellow and black satchel from haring.com. Jennifer Lopez gold leather and black suede ankle strap pumps from MJM Designer Shoes.
WHY SHE LOVES SJP: "I love all those little things [her character] Carrie used to wear [on the show]; her shoes, her hair, her love of New York City...And I love that Sarah Jessica Parker is a working mom, and has her twins, and will wear her funky clothes when [she's] picking them up from school."
TUTU MUCH: She's also making herself tulle tutus in white, mint green, baby pink and cream, which she'll pair with tops like sweatshirts in the exact same color. "It has to be monochromatic, so I'm not overdoing the look. And I'll wear flats, no heels."