Hi. I'm Helen Carter.

helen carter of secret lentil

I'm a friendly freak - a minimalist with a strong absurdist streak who likes to make clothes that explore, blend, cross and possibly desecrate all the lines within those realms.  I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes.

About the work: I like dour things with hidden punchlines. I like outrageously funny things with dark underbellies. I like turning one idea into one dress in one fell swoop, on a good day. I dream that my work could somehow emerge from - and exist outside of - the blip in time where we are stuck together. I love that idea even though I'm not sure exactly what it means. I also enjoy making jokes that no one gets. But mostly: I'm committed to the paradox of making meaningful clothing.

About the process: I sew intuitively, blending materials and techniques to suit my needs. I like deconstructing. I like exposing the process. I like to combine the sturdy with the raw. I embrace wabi sabi, even if that becomes a trendy thing to say. Right now I'm working in small themed batches of maybe a dozen or so pieces, made one at a time in my studio, then transformed by hand-dyeing down in my cool basement.

About you: I'm interested in pairing eccentricity with comfort for you. I'm interested in dressing women of all shapes and ages. I'm drawn to those of you who have strangers whisper "I wish I could get away with that" into your ear. I want you to get away with it. I want to propel you along on your path by helping you look the way you feel. I'm interested in sincere wildness and joining others who are exploring a deep, abiding wild authenticity.

Thanks for being here. — helen

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