Maryville artist competes in Goodwill Vintage Fashion Show design contest

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- If it's made of fabric, Bailey Earith can make it into art.

"Fabric is the first thing we touch when we are born, and it's just very comforting," she said.

Whether she paints it, dyes, it, weaves it or sews it, the artist draws her inspiration from culture and nature.

"if I find an interesting something walking around outside it might go on a piece, it might go on a bead, it might turn into an embellishment or it might just inspire a color. You just don't know," she said.

From the simple patterns to the intricate details, the retired occupational therapist uses art as her own therapy.

"It's very therapeutic. It helps you to center you to think and problem solve and become quiet, less anxious," said Earith.

Things are heating up for the tranquil artist. She's one of the contestants in the Goodwill Vintage Fashion Show design challenge.

"I make my own clothes and artify anything I can get my hands on, and I live at thrift stores so it seemed like the perfect marriage," she laughed.

Each contestant had 20 minutes to grab their materials from Goodwill, challenged with creating a new look to walk down the runway.

"It's a wedding dress, it was until I painted it," she showed off her nearly-finished design. "The liner is a prom dress or some sort of formal. The waist band was a men's shirt, I painted that. Doing it by hand allows me to get that undulation of color, which is what I love."

With a heart for fabric and an eye for design, now it's time to see how her look stacks up against the rest.

"It's creating," she said. "No two are the same, and there's no fail the way I set it up."

The Goodwill Vintage Fashion Show is September 21.