Jennifer Murphy: An Interview With The Maker Of Organic Armor
In addition to mermaids and mermen, NC MerMania also had several vendors selling mermaid-related items. Some were selling videos, some we...
In addition to mermaids and mermen, NC MerMania also had several vendors selling mermaid-related items. Some were selling videos, some were selling tails. One that caught our eye was Organic Armor, a husband and wife duo from Asheville that creates belts, headdresses, and even offers workshops that teach you how to make your own. We spoke with Jennifer Murphy about Organic Armor.
Tell us about your belts.
They're called cincher belts and they work like an underbelt corset or a wide belt, somewhere in between those two. They're kind of slimming and sexy and sculptural.
How did you get started with this?
We've been doing this for about ten years. My husband is a Burning Man guy and he started making costumes to go to Burning Man. Each year he'd make a new crazy amazing thing, but they would often fall apart or would be uncomfortable. He kept trying a lot of different materials. He came upon this concept of putting rubber and fabric together. It's kind of like papier-mâché. You can sculpt amazing things. You can cast things in the rubber. It's a very versatile format and we actually teach workshops now to artists to teach them how to use it. There's so many possibilities with it that we're not going to live long enough to explore them all.
Do you go to lots of shows like this?
We don't. We used to do tons. We used to do fairy festivals and cons but we burned out on it. But we got to know these merfolks a couple years ago and this is nice and small and friendly. I like coming to this one. This is one of the few that we do.