Tess taught herself to sew at the tender age of 4. Her fabrication strategy can be described as “pragmatic approach to whimsy”: the desire to create ornate garments that remain utilitarian. In 2005, Tess began a career as a self-employed, full-time fashion and costume designer that’s taken her to LA, Boston, New York and San Francisco. Her passion for cross-disciplinary collaboration has led her to a diverse set of projects including elaborate/practical costuming for circus performers, projection surfaces for touring musicians, product development for brainwave-controlled fashion accessories, and creative direction for emerging brands. Tess is currently exploring techniques that combine tech and fashion, such as laser cutting, robotics, LEDs and 3D printing.