Beyond the Pattern

An Independent Designers’ Fashion Show

Wed, May 1, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Admission is free. Doors open at 6pm.

Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

A live runway presentation showcasing the dazzlingly diverse work of local artists in fashion, jewelry and accessories. On view will be an exploration of gendered play through gendered wear, Asian inspired clothing with simplistic elegance, vintage inspired retro glamour, custom clothing and jewelry that intersects science, art, and technology, sustainably made by local artists. For our Young Designers Challenge this year, we are featuring a group of Somerville Public High School students modeling their very own fashion creations they designed and made in class under their teachers’ guidance.

The Designers

Joolie Cahill is the designer for I am Joolienn, her etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/joolienn. Designing anything from unique statement feather hair pieces to one-of-a-kind elegant alternative bridal gowns, her love of design and creation of eccentric beauty is represented in everything she makes.

JoAnne Coppolo has been making clothes for most of her life. Her design sense is influenced by a love of Asian and African aesthetics and inspired by the vast diversity of materials available today. The process of taking a piece of cloth that ends up being an amazing article of clothing is the challenge that fuels her creative nature and channels energy for producing unique one of a kind pieces for her company JOJO. The collection for this show is a departure from her signature cape designs. She has instead created a diverse and colorful pallet of pieces that reflect the fun and fancy of dressing up!

Hi, My name is Pampi. I am the mixed media performance artist at thirdeyefell.com. For SOS' Wearable Art Show, I am delighted to present "[X]Walk," a gender-bending play on street-wear. I plan to mix and match not only the style of clothing but also pull on and mash-up styles from previous centuries and multiple cultures with popular street-wear accoutrements of today. Also, be sure to come see these pieces showcased in original performance within an interactive art installation "The Divine Masculine Comes into Age" at The Temple of Infinite Love , Sat May 4, Noon-6.

Jen Flores has a studio at the Vernon St Studios. She is an artist and clothing designer. Originally from California she approaches her craft with color, textures and fun whimsy. Her clothing like her artwork is a montage of approaches and applications.

Craft Prismatic: This collection of work represents aesthetic growth, cathartic creativity, committed energy, attention to detail, and education in process and skill. The works’ title refers to the opulent sensory appeal of the pieces, which rivet one’s visual and tactile attention with lavish, vibrant colors and an intricate incorporation of texture and surface. Ultimately, this work reflects a rich, playful whimsicality.


Maria Marx: I have lived in Somerville for the last 8 years, in which I now have two lovely children (and a great husband at that!). This has led to a decline in my time for oil painting, however, I took off with crafts making useable stuff from other random stuff: shower-mats, bath-mats, kitchen sink-mats.For about two weeks I left my favorite green shower-mat on the floor right in front of the toilet so I could look at it in hope an idea would pop up. I have a sick love for bags and now that these mats have joined the rank, the idea of shower-mat bags came alive! Then I needed something to hold the mats into shape and another love of mine came to mind: hardware stores! I stocked up on every kind of nuts and bolts, elevator screws, washers, and lock nuts that I thought were a perfect fit. I finish off the bags with some cool handles from climbing straps, used purses, or fabric stores. I realized I was going crazy with this new craft, so why not add a clear plastic lining to the bags since mats naturally come with holes? And ta-da: you have Maria Marx's shower-mat bags! Feel free to check out more pictures on my SOS artist profile.

Marilyn Root has always been fascinated by jewelry, whether it was the plastic charms in a gumball machine, or bits of patterns making their way into varied materials. Armed with torches and extreme heat, using contemporary and classic methods she works with glass and metals to create jewelry that highlights the wonderful properties of the materials. Inspired by abstract art, city life, maps, and road trips her contemporary jewelry is easy to wear original artwork.

Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg are the designers at Nervous System, a generative design studio that works at the intersection of science, art and technology. They create using a novel process that employs computer simulation to generate designs and digital fabrication to realize products. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, they write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry and housewares.

Zeph is an artist of many media. Obsessed with texture, form, color and function, she creates art for everyday use. This show will display Zeph's clothing, jewelry, and makeup work. Zeph can be reached at zeph@zephworks.com.

The Young Designers Challenge

The Young Designers Challenge is a unique in-class design project, where Somerville high school students who are taking courses: Clothing 1 and Clothing 2, are designing, constructing, and modeling their very own original fashion creations- under their teachers' guidance.