Background: I am from the Philippines and from a family of eight; including my parents. I tend to make garments with a textiles aesthetic as well as enjoy experimenting with various materials and techniques.
Thoughts on the collaboration: The collaboration with Festival Ballet Providence was truly beneficial as it allowed me to try my hand at a number of apparel techniques that resulted in a satisfying garment solution. Moreover, I came to understand the importance of a seamless conversation between client, designer, model, and viewer. The process from research, in-class critiques, color matching, fittings, material sourcing, exposure to dance movement, pattern making, sewing and finishing was challenging but nonetheless a very worthwhile experience.
Mara is a Junior Apparel Design Major at the Rhode Island School of Design.