“At the Lake '' centers around my memories. Absurd and humorous experiences of spending time at my family cabin in Northern Minnesota. While these reflections make me laugh, I see the past and present in a dream state as I float on the lake causing me to look forward to the future. In pulling from the past, the present, and conceptualizing about the future, I am gathering motifs, colors, textures, movement, and shapes from photos and vernacular objects, processing them through the sylvan memories and lenses of summer's timelessness. Lifejackets, sleeping bags, pool noodles, innertubes, and boats meld to create meaningful messages of the past and present to my future self. The shapes of the garments contain lake country elements, such as the bow of a boat, and the use of actual inflatable innertubes as key components of the garment. Many of these “Up-North” moments are shared with family who, just like my garments, are loud and fill space with possibilities. My hope is that this collection will make those who have experienced the lake directly as well as those who have never yet had the opportunity, feel the bliss of floating on a fun noodle on the lake or riding on a boat all day, as well as the terror of the dogs possibly getting skunked on shore, a sense of sentiment and excitement for more.
Check out this great video of The 2022 SAIC Fashion Show, Mette's collection beginning at 47 minutes in.