As a lifelong geek, I'm a strong believer in the transformative power of passion, and strive to make the first ingredient in everything undertaken "love". My brand, House of Darkly, specializes in designer plush from original designs. I sell online and at pop culture conventions nationwide, and have been featured as part of a number of gallery shows. I also produce all the attendant graphic design and related products, such as jewelry and pins. I trained in film and animation and apply that viewpoint to conceptualize my work as visual storytelling. With a background in costuming, I have experience with a wide variety of both traditional and decidedly non-traditional construction methods and materials, as well as bridging the gap between 2D designs and 3D execution. 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 primarily in designer plush, with recent expansion into puppet building. 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. I currently co-host two podcasts, Guilty Treasures (an interview show) and Romancing the Zone (a The Adventure Zone fancast).
I wanted to be MacGyver when I grew up. But while I've never weaponized a bagel, I have made a (non-functional) spaceship out of frozen waffles in an hour. And I've learned that art often happens in the space between best-laid plans and the limits of space-time.
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.
Five Points Festival 2017
Salute to Supernatural Convention Tour (asst. cities, 2015-2018)
C2E2 (Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo) 2011 - 2016, 2018 - 2019
NYCC (New York Comic-Con) 2011; The Block @ NYCC 2012 - 2015, 2018
Maker Faire Orlando 2015
DesignerCon 2012, 2013, 2018
Comikaze 2012 - 2014
WonderCon 2012, 2013
GLAM Craft Fair 2013
Megacon 2012, 2016
Chicago Comic-Con 2012
Volks Los Angeles Dolpa