What started as a friend’s request to paint a sketch of his bride’s wedding dress for their first anniversary is now one of my favorite creative offerings. Painting dresses brings together my passions for fashion and art. I enjoy studying the details of each dress and capturing the drape of the fabric and the embellishments that make each wedding, christening or special occasion gown unique.
I continue to draw inspiration from my past adventures and mentors, especially:
- Receiving my BFA in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia and studying art abroad in Cortona, Italy
- Interning with visionary entrepreneurial designers in New York – Cynthia Rowley and Yoma Textiles – and getting to dye and embellish fabrics day after day and learning the ins and outs of the textile industry
- Traveling the country and the world gathering inspiration and sharing it with retailers who carried Brighton products.
- The studio behind a church that I shared with four seasoned artists, whose wisdom, critiques and joy helped drive me beyond my comfort zone.
- My family who let me use paints anywhere – as long as it was in the basement
While my heart remains loyal to my southern roots, I am proud and excited to be setting up studio and home in the Chicago area with my husband and two little girls.
Publications & Reviews
Over the past few years, I’ve been humbled to see my paintings featured in various publications such as:
- Daily Candy (Fall 2009)
- Brides Magazine (April 2010)
- The Atlantan Brides Magazine (Spring/Summer 2010)
- Atlanta Weddings (Fall 2010)
- Southern Lady Magazine (March/April 2011)
- Georgia Wedding Belles (Spring/Summer 2012)
In Southern Lady Magazine, Kathleen Whatley wrote that “relying on her fashion savvy and artistic eye, [Kristina] layers ink details with a watercolor wash…for a finish that appears part couture sketch, part nostalgic snapshot, altogether enduring like the dress itself”.