Elena Stonaker is part fine artist, part fashion designer with the sensibilities of a quilter thrown in for good measure. She makes dolls, paints pictures, and fashions bizarre wearable sculptures from amalgamations of fabric, jewels and imagery that sit somewhere between tapestry and garments. In short, she is one of a kind.
Really though, it’s her garments we’re particularly smitten with; large, ungainly objects of anthropomorphic design that sometimes appear to have whole narratives running through them, and often stray into the realms of shamanistic costume. Whatever the design, the core of Elena’s work seems always to centre upon a playful sense of sexuality and a folkloric interpretation of human nature. My only gripe is that she’s not made a men’s collection yet.