I started sewing in May of 2002. As a cosplayer I made upwards of 30 costumes from anime, manga, video games, and music, as well as original designs, before going into semi-retirement in 2006 for health reasons. Currently I work almost solely in designer plush, with recent expansion into puppet building. I do not have formal training in these fields, but take pride in the triumphs and trials of being self-taught. I consider it my responsibility to encourage and educate other amateurs whenever possible. As a person who has dealt with chronic and acute illness, I feel it’s important to express how art can help people overcome challenging circumstances. I am also an avid photographer and an advocate for fandom as a force for positive social change. In 2013, I authored the e-book "The Art of War: San Diego Comic-con Style", an unofficial guide to getting the most out of every aspect of your convention-going experience.
The House of Darkly label was established in 2005, initially for handmade designer clothing for the ball-joint doll community. It later was expanded to include costume and fashion commission work. In 2009, convention appearances began in earnest and the label pivoted to handmade designer plush. All works under the label are designed, patterned, and constructed solely by the artist. From tags and graphic design to pattern drafting to packing orders, it's a one-person undertaking. The primary focus is on convention and online sales, but also includes custom production and prototyping.