I named the show after a dance called Kolo; a traditional collective folk dance, danced primarily by people from countries in the former Yugoslavia. It is danced in groups who join their hands around each other’s waist; there is almost no movement above the waist. The Kolo costume for both men and women involves beautifully detailed and brightly colored embroidered elements that reflect the ethnic design aesthetic of the region.
My latest work reflects the distinctive elements of this aesthetic, including flat use of line and color, geometric shapes, bold colors and decorative ornamentation. I’m inspired by the elegant detail and complex patterns of global textile design in general, and I do incorporate other influences into my work, but I have been focusing on this region of the world since my own family roots are there. The Kolo dance, costume and accompanying music tends to be super festive and cheerful, and I hope to reflect this vibrancy in my art.