A BIT ABOUT AVERY SAGE

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MY NAME IS AVERY SAGE ALBERT AND I AM A SENIOR IN APPAREL DESIGN AT THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN. ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES, I ATTENDED PRIVATE SCHOOLS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE ARTS, COLLABORATION AND INDEPENDENT THINKING. MY BACKGROUND IN FINE ARTS BEGAN AT A YOUNG AGE, l COME FROM A VERY CREATIVE FAMILY, ART BEING A DEFINING PART OF MY CHILDHOOD. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A FASHION DESIGNER AND PAINTER, MY MOTHER IS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND MY FATHER IS IN THE FILM INDUSTRY AND PAINTS AS WELL -  l GREW UP IN THE MOST PROGRESSIVE AND OPENLY ARTIS­TIC WORLD.

 

l BEGAN REPRESENTATIONAL OIL PAINTING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND MY LOVE FOR IT EVOLVED INTO A DESIRE TO PUSH BOUNDARIES AND EXPRESS THE NOISE THAT WAS INSIDE MY HEAD. l BEGAN ABSTRACT PAINTING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND FELL FOR IT DEEPLY. UPON ENTERING RISD, I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT I WOULD BE STUDYING PAINTING FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, MY LOVE FOR FASHION SIMPLY EXPRESSED IN CHOICE OF DRESS, DESPITE HAVING ALWAYS DREAMT OF HAVING MY OWN COLLECTION ONE DAY. HOWEVER, I TOOK A LEAP OF FAITH MY FRESHMAN YEAR AND ENROLLED IN AN INTRODUCTION TO APPAREL CLASS. EVERYTHING CHANGED AFTER THAT, l DECLARED MY MAJOR AS APPAREL AND PREPARED FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS OF MY COLLEGE CAREER IN A FIELD l HAD NEVER INTENDED TO STUDY, BUT REALIZED l HAD ALWAYS WANTED AND NEEDED TO.


I HAVE BEEN STUDYING APPAREL INTENSIVELY FOR THREE YEARS NOW, MY CURRENT YEAR IS FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING MY SENIOR THESIS COLLECTION. I HAVE STUDIED CUT AND SEW, KNITWEAR, TAILORING AND COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT. AS SOMEONE ONCE IN­SPIRED BY THE POTENTIAL OF A BLANK CANVAS, A BLANK WALL, I'VE SHIFTED MY FOCUS. MY CANVAS IS NOW A BODY, THE MEDIUM IS FABRIC AND HARDWARE. I'M DEVELOPING A BODY OF CLOTHING THAT PRIDES ITSELF ON ORIGINALITY, REJECTING FAST FASHION; SUBVERSIVE, EXPERIMENTAL AND WEARABLE. IT MIMICS THE TECHNIQUES AND EMOTIONS INVOLVED IN CREATING AN ABSTRACT PICTURE PLANE BY WAY OF DRAPING, SCULPTING AND SPONTANEOUS, PASSIONATE DESIGN.