Material Alterations

Wednesday, March 5 • 5–9 p.m.

This winter, MOCA is hosting a community response project in conjunction with Material Transformations. Student groups from local middle schools, high schools, and colleges are invited to design and create original fashion designs made out of found and recycled materials. Winners will be selected from each age group by a jury of fashion industry experts. Then the public will vote for their favorite through social media in February. The selected works will be featured at MOCA during the March Art Walk.

Material Alterations Jury

Fitz Pullins

Fitz Pullins is an accomplished personal stylist and fashion consultant that lives in Jacksonville, Florida. A Fashion Group International member, he has brought his creative flair and tasteful eye to projects that range from fashion styling for glossy publications including Jacksonville Magazine to corporate styling for Revlon.

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen founded Olsenhaus-Pure Vegan in New York City in 2008, to illustrate cruelty to animals, plundering of land, and greed are not synonymous with true style and consciousness. The line is 100 percent cruelty-free, animal-free, and environmentally friendly. Today, Olsenhaus is sold in fifteen countries at Barneys Tokyo, Nordstrom,, and boutiques. Before launching Olsenhaus, notable positions in her career were creative director for Tommy Hilfiger Handbags and design for Calvin Klein, Anne Kline, Nine West, Bulga, Jodi Arnold, and many start-up companies. She was also a wardrobe and prop stylist for film, editorial, and commercials in New York, California, and Florida. Elizabeth has been veg for over 20 years and works to educate regarding animal rights, women run businesses, and consciousness.

Virginia Chamlee

Virginia Chamlee is the managing editor of Jacksonville Magazine and its sister publications, 904, Home, Taste, and Bride. She loves art and currently serves as president of the MOCA Contemporaries, the young professionals of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. She is also a fashion blogger and guest editor of TJ Maxx. When she is not writing or volunteering at MOCA, she is likely watching “Jeopardy!,” cooking, antiquing, or playing with her dog, Chloe (a rescued lab-shepherd mix).

Melissa Frank

Having a strong love for fashion and style, Melissa Frank left a promising career in broadcasting and enrolled in beauty school. Today, as a published hairstylist and makeup artist at Bella Nouveau and product ambassador for Moroccanoil, the 13-year beauty business veteran is still deeply passionate about her profession and believes that “when you love what you do, it hardly feels like work.” Melissa recently began an image consulting group called Life Lift, Jacksonville. Their mission is to boost your confidence by helping you reach your highest potential inside and out. Their services include hair and makeup revamps, personal shopping, styling, social media photography, fitness, and wellness.

Jensen Hande

Jensen Hande is a commercial photographer living in Jacksonville, Florida. He photographs versatile subject matter but specializes in portrait and editorial assignments. His images have been used for numerous national magazines and companies. Among his clients are The Washington Post Magazine, Parade magazine, People magazine, Lexus, MTV, Sperry Topsiders, Florida Blue, AT&T Universal Card, Vistakon, CSX Transportation, and Baptist Medical. His favorite hobbies include cooking, and his favorite color is green.

Agnes Lopez

Her love of fashion attracted Agnes Lopez to pursue photography as a career more than a decade ago. While finishing her degree in marketing at the University of North Florida, she assisted photographers from around the world on editorial, stock, fashion, and commercial shoots, doing everything from make-up to wardrobe styling. This experience prompted her to open her own photography company in 2004, and since then she has photographed CEOs, national speakers, models, actors, and artists for editorial packages and advertisements. Agnes also produces multiple shoots on a monthly basis for Jacksonville Magazine, where she is the staff photographer.

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