Jeffrey Gibson is a one of a kind artist that was born in Mississippi. He is of Choctaw and Cherokee descent and incorporates elements of Native American art into his craft. Gibson creates a rich visual and conceptual dialogue between his work and the histories of his Native American Heritage. Gibson creates garments, beaded punching bags, paintings, and ceramic vessels.
Nick Cave is an amazing fabric sculptor and performance artist from Chicago, Illinois. He is also the director of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Graduate Fashion Program. His inspiration comes from African art traditions and ceremonial dresses. Nick is known for his Soundsuits which are costumes that completely cover the individual’s body. He developed the costumes out of dyed human hair, sisal, beads, plastic buttons, wire feathers, and sequins. Nick created the costumes as a second skin that hides gender, race, and class so the audience can watch without judgment. His work is a mixture of dance, choreography, and fashion.