Sneak Peek: The Wild, Fashion-Meets-Art World Of Craft Alliance's Grace Kubilius

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Craft Alliance’s Fiber Artist-in-Residence, Grace Kubilius at her Grand Center studio to discuss her upcoming showcase at the St. Louis Design Week event, FABRIC featuring the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards.

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Kubilius in her studio, wearing a piece from her newest collection. Photo by Sarah Stallmann.

Kubilius is a unique artist indeed. With mediums that include fabric, paint and unconventional materials from trash bags to coffee filters she has stepped about as far beyond the conventional fashion norms as one can, while still creating beautiful and bravely wearable pieces that are just as much fashion as they are art.

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Photo by Carrie Anne Kelly.

Her previous collection, Junk Bones,  is an exploration of the garment as an artifact, relic, or ghost. Unkempt and uncomfortable, the collection features critical elements that include destruction, reconstruction and decay. Paint, shellac, plastic, and rust have been used to coat and cover surfaces, transforming soft fiber materials into brittle exteriors, and stiff, rigid structures.

Photos by Carrie Anne Kelly.

Photo by Carrie Anne Kelly.

Photo by Carrie Anne Kelly.

Photo by Carrie Anne Kelly.

Photo by Carrie Anne Kelly.

Photo by Carrie Anne Kelly.

Kubilius’ new collection promises to shine a light on the softer side of her work, crafting garments from hefty knits, canvas and paint with prints boasting poems and drawings from some of the young students at Craft Alliance.

View pieces from both collections on Friday at FABRIC featuring the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards. Get your tickets before it’s too late!

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