EKS began as a love of textiles and refined textures. I studied costume design and theater in college, and abandoned the world of the stage to intently study ashtanga yoga in 2006. After several years of quiet navel gazing, I discovered I had a vision to share with the world and in 2017 began developing this creation I call EKS.
EKS is shortened from the greek word Ekstasis (from the Ancient Greek ἔκστασις "to be or stand outside oneself, a removal to elsewhere" from ek- "out," and stasis "a stand, or a standoff of forces), which i encountered when reading Sartre’s Being and Nothingness (1956):
“Causality is simply the first apprehension of the temporality of the “appeared” as an ekstatic mode of being...Thus the ambiguity of apparition and of abolition comes from the fact that they are given, like the world, like space, like potentiality and instrumentality, like universal time itself, in the form of totalities in perpetual disintegration.”
I want my designs to reflect quality, timelessness, and the sensation of “totalities in perpetual disintegration.”
I use as many natural materials as possible - modern lingerie is a complicated garment that requires elasticity for ease & comfort, and every effort is made to source the finest materials available on the market. Each piece is cut and sewn to order or made in small batches, eliminating the waste of our current fashion industry. I use left over silk scraps from garments to make accessories, and give away what I cannot use to other fiber artists.
Each piece is made with love in New Orleans, Louisiana.