The Fall Couture Fashion issue of Bucks magazine 2006, article on Pamela Ptak
LINE, TEXTURE, FOLD: The Art of Pamela Ptak
I think of garments in terms of architecture…clothing as wearable sculpture. Not as a covering for nakedness…but as a statement of high-minded principles and thoughts. That it does in fact provide coverage is a matter of mere practicality.
I’m fascinated with exploring how fabrics may be folded around the human form, enclosing the air space around the body. Not satisfied with simply echoing the torso, my preference is to describe new sculptural forms around it while maintaining a high degree of movement & flexibility. The unusual shapes created may appear to be open & plunging, and yet they are meticulously calculated to provide discreet coverage while appearing quite sensual. The folded garments use principals of physics and gravitational pull to create their form once the human body is inside them.
The lines I inscribe on my silhouettes are styled to lure the viewer to reach out and trace along them. They glide over the form in graceful arcs hinting at the long & sharp shapes which I love…antlers, swords… They combine to create subtle imagery reminiscent of architecture, bridges, cathedral windows…
Rich and tactile surfaces entice the viewer. A degree of movement is always included in the textural surfaces I create…so that a small movement by the wearer can create a ripple effect…and a breath can stir the textiles. Highly textured, but light as air.