At the core of much artistic expression is a response to environmental challenges, and that was evident at last week’s Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza — the 11th iteration of the breathtaking fashion show that brings Carbondale locals and national designers together to celebrate extraordinary sustainably-made productions.
After the show, I caught up with Summers Moore, a valley local and serial artistic innovator, who collaborated with Amanda Simmons to create a collection of stunning ballroom skirts and matching scarves printed with “motion-blur” images. I reached out to understand Summers’ inspirations and see what creations are coming up.
“I’ve always loved fashion,” Moore says. “I can’t get enough of it. My father was a photographer, and I’ve had a camera in my hands since I was a kid. My appreciation of art comes from the lens of photography.”
Moore’s haute couture creativity bloomed with Amanda Simmons, the 2018 Green is the New Black award winner and local fashionista with her own line of sustainable clothing, VictoryMae, named for her mother and grandmother.
The collaboration between Summers Moore Photography and VictoryMae resulted in a line of exquisite and elegant skirts and scarves printed with aspen trees and other familiar local images. The “motion blur” images were printed on recycled natural fabric using eco-friendly dyes, and at the show, they were simultaneously projected on the background screen creating visual depth.
“Amanda had the amazing idea of producing long skirts and petticoats as a tribute to the modern woman, and the magnificent ranching history of the Roaring Fork Valley,” Moore says. “We experimented with different materials and prints and then ‘right-ruddered’ — going with my motion blur photography of local landscapes printed on 100-percent recycled materials. It worked beautifully!”
The “VictoryMae x Summers Moore” collection brings a modern edge to the classic silhouettes with one-of-a-kind prints that celebrate the iconic landscapes of the Roaring Fork Valley. It’s a modern Annie Oakley style with chic, sleek, Western elegance.
MOTION BLURS + OTHER PROJECTS
“I accidentally took a couple shots during a shoot three or four years ago, and really liked the abstract flow,” Moore says. “Since then, I’ve shot motion blurs without a real outlet for the photography. I found it in the fashion line produced with Amanda.”
Moore now plans to use her motion-blur photography to influence the world of interior design. She’s experimenting with prints on home accessories, such as velvet pillow covers and wallpaper. The motion-blur velvet pillows are indeed exquisite, and will premiere at a designer show on March 21 — fitting for the first day of spring.
“I want to print on different media because it inspires different thoughts and emotions,” she says. “Nighttime motion-blur photography is abstract, it’s sexy and would be fantastic if presented with sculptures as a backdrop that would create a unique experience in any room.”
THE CURATOR AND INFLUENCER
“Influence is important,” Moore says.
She curates a photo exhibition at the Aspen Chapel Gallery where “each curator collaborates with a local artist to ensure that their project makes a difference.”
Moore is a petite blond with a fierce passion for life, travel and art. Her consistent answer to the question, “How are you?” is “Living the dream!” Her positivity and energy are infectious, and she’s touched a lot of lives in the Roaring Fork Valley with her creativity and ideas.
As an accomplished artist, and now a member of Art Base board of directors, Moore would like art to be a centerpiece of Basalt’s future. She wants art to permeate life in Basalt, and wants to see Basalt and the Roaring Fork Valley recognized as an “arts destination” in Colorado and in the U.S.
“I’d love to see the Art Base in Old Town and The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) deliver unique arts experiences, distinguishing the Roaring Fork Valley as a unique arts corridor in the Rocky Mountains and beyond,” she says.
You can learn more about Moore and her projects at https://photomoore.com