Jade To

the beauty in the grotesque.
rotting gore taking the place of what was once full of innocence and life.
in death, there is something that is lost...
more than just a life and a soul;
why is a body disconnected from the being it once was---
seen as an object that once housed life.
"Rabbit Teeth" is a concept collection that tells a narrative throughfour characters: the rabbit, the deer, the lamb, and the flowers.
The rabbit represents the tainted innocence, the loss of naivety, fixated on the horrors of our own ephermerality.
The deer represents the dread of trying to accept, or even just acknowledge the reality of our delicate bodies and fragile existence. 
The lamb represents purity, childlike innocence, not yet exposed to the truth of our own mortality, with the wool over their eyes. 
The flowers are an omen, beautifully inviting, but often deceiving in their given meanings, the red spider lily symbolizes final goodbyes, death, and abandonment. 


Jade To...

Born in New Jersey, based in New York, a designer with a focus on handknitting, crochet, and needle-felting.


For me, inspiration can be found anywhere; horror novels, nature documentaries, scribbles on the sidewalk… It doesn’t matter where it came from, just that it made itself known as something that I could find a piece of myself in. 

The design process is just as important as the final outcome, and with this in mind, concocting what became “Rabbit Teeth” became a ritual that I was, and still am, devoted to. Sifting through everything I come in contact with in daily life for something that calls out to me. 

“Rabbit Teeth” started as a series of illustrations, and with a focus on materiality that provided a sort of eerie realism in its texture and tactility, those drawings were translated into garments and accessories that held their essence and brought forward a new dimension to them. It is inherently a collection that tells a story, using fashion as a means of worldbuilding, with the looks acting as their own characters. 

A consistent part of my work has been playing with the combination of unsettling imagery countered with inviting, familiar elements which create this sort of dissonance and confusion within the viewer. With cute, yet visually uncomfortable imagery balanced with a soft, comforting feel, the pieces provide physical comfort in efforts to counteract the disturbing narrative.