Like: Why filthEdesign? Do you draw dirty pictures or make X-rated designs?
No. I like playing on the edge. But the filthE was derived from the E in both Emily and Eakes. It was clever, cute and memorable. It could have just as easily been grungEdesign or funkEdesign or anything else that plays on the sound of the E. But I do also like the double entendre of the word filthy—it can be both literal and figurative.
My fine art work tends to poke a stick at sensitive subjects and some find it offensive or disturbing, but I think it's pretty accessible and most people really like it and "get" it. I think those who don't like it, brink their own baggage to it and that's good...I often wonder what their stories are.
My series, domestic | domesticated, is a love it or hate it series. Juxtaposing a dress with a gun evokes a myriad of responses. Some see it as empowering, others as threatening and then all manner of thoughts in between. I feel good when the viewer can take my work and bring it into their own world and love it or reject it based on that. At one show I overheard a woman say, "It appears to be about killing women, I suppose." and at another show I had a 10 minute conversation with a 70 year old woman who said she wished she'd seen imagery like this when she was younger, she thought it was a great message. She was a pretty fantastic lady.
So the name filthEdesign is maybe more about walking the line....
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