Courtney Banh is a fiber artist and experimental garment designer based in Baltimore. Her work focuses on the tactile experience and physical interaction between the object and the wearer, a point at which novelty and play meet our perceptions of fashion and function. Originally from Austin, Texas, Courtney is a recent graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received a BFA in Fiber with a concentration in Experimental Fashion.
As a garment maker and fiber artist, my body of work centers on the form and behavior of the human body. I begin with words that exist between my practices in each discipline: body, vessel, and coil. I have been drawn to the material properties and construction processes of coiling and basketry as a method of garment construction. A continual exploration of tactility and functionality challenges the boundaries of “the garment” and an object’s permanence to the wearer or holder. I’m interested in the state of garments when the body is not present. These varying levels of presence bring on playfulness, comfort, and subtle humor. I use motifs such as vibrant colors, ease and unease in wear, and exaggerated bodily forms to communicate these moods.