My work as an artist explores the use of fashion as social identity. I explore this theme through the mediums of painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. I have long been fascinated with how fashion shows our evolving values that occur over the years as well as over the centuries. It states who we are in place and time. It reflects our changing moods, careers, personality, events being attended, changing weather, social status and hobbies. There is a different outfit for everything we do and feel. It illustrates how we feel about ourselves showing our confidence, boldness or shyness.
The other side of fashion is that it is art itself as designers create one-of-a-kind pieces that will be worn by the very few who can afford them. Fashion designers have become celebrities in their own right and their collections are followed by the fashion conscious year-round.
My current series of work uses printmaking to depict portraits of famous fashion designers who have either moved fashion forward or have changed the way we live our lives as a result of the fashion they have created.
Leslie Plimpton Printmaker
Leslie-Plimpton_Call to Friendship, Dry Point Etching with Hand Tinting
While recently in Egypt, a group of eager young women approached me and asked to take my picture as they were fascinated by my light blonde hair. I said yes, but then asked if I could also take theirs. I was particularly interested in the colorful but still modest outfits the girls chose to wear with their hijabs. Daily I heard the five calls to prayer coming from the mosques and learned that 80% of all Egyptians are Muslim and are a friendly, educated and devout people. My experiences there rid me of any fears and preconceived notions I had regarding Muslim people. Travel truly breaks down barriers.