Isaac Couch is a fiber artist and fashion designer from rural Kentucky. He received his Bachelors in Merchandising Apparel and Textiles from the University of Kentucky in 2019. In Kentucky he found his passion for garment making as he pursued his vision at the university’s School of Art and Visual Studies. He began attending SAIC in the fall of the same year. Following graduation, he plans to begin building a new line of genderless utilitarian gear focusing heavily on self expression, natural materials, and sustainable processes.
Reacting to the resurgence of civil rights activism within the United States, his most current work, completed within the last two years, revolves around identity. He’s looking deeper into what it means to be a black citizen of the U.S. from the rural South. Everything that he has been taught is being questioned through the reimagination of the materials and symbols around him.
No Shadow, No Light, 2019
Digital Photograph of Persia in a hand-woven overcoat and satin dress.
Digital Photograph of Cyontaisha in a hand-dyed silk dress.
Digital Photograph of Cam in handmade cotton overcoat, linen shorts, and cotton canvas trousers.
Digital Photograph of Cam in handmade overcoat.
Paradox, 2019, Video, 1 min.
This video features model Mikaila Smith lounging and showing off her handmade outfit in rural western Kentucky. Video, outfit and poem by Isaac Couch.
Vidy in White, 2019, Video, 45 secs.
This video was shot on set of a photoshoot late 2018. The film was shot by Ben Byrum and edited by his partner Vidy. The video features Vidy in an all white set, made by Isaac Couch, as the set shifts throughout the morning.