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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Artist's mode of dress merges art and fashion

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Fashion Writer

Sabra Rae Feldstein says she likes to wear clothing that is reminiscent of a piece of art.

Deborah Booker • The Honolulu Advertiser

Sabra Rae Feldstein's clothing is as eclectic as her art. She describes her work as "trash art." "I just find stuff anywhere and everywhere and paint it — funky furniture, old steamer trunks, wooden tool boxes — anything that's fun, I'll put a brush to."

Name: Sabra Rae Feldstein.

Age: Somewhere in the middle of life.

Occupation: Artist.

What I'm dying to buy right now: A very fashionable pink Apple iPod mini and an armband to always keep it near.

The best bargain I ever found was: A fabulous Anne Namba piece, amazingly in just my size, at Pzazz, the Fashionable Consignment Shoppe, one of my favorite places to shop.

I'm willing to pay more for top quality when it comes to: My shoes. However, sometimes I can pay a lot of money for shoes and they are still bad.

I can never get enough: Anything black, and clothing that is artful.

My favorite designers are: Anne Namba, Citron, Faith, Chicos, Harari, Nothing Matches.

My favorite places to shop are: Sonia Daniel, Fine Linens & Furnishings, Calista by Cotton Cargo and Chicos — I wish we had one in Hawai'i!

Most impractical piece of clothing I ever bought: A magnificent handwoven chenille full-length shawl I found in Boston. It's too warm for Hawai'i yet too heavy to carry on a trip, not to mention the fact that it takes up an entire suitcase!

My biggest fashion faux pas was: Pam Chambers, who gives workshops on public speaking, reminded me that when I was assisting her I once wore two different black shoes to class.

Is your clothing another form of art? I love the idea of art in public places and not being limited to hanging in museums. This is one of the motivators for me to dress in a way that merges art and fashion. Rather than dressing for function or to simply cover my body, I like the concept of wearing clothing that is unusual and splendid, reminiscent of a piece of art.