Singer/songwriter Kassi Ashton is a creative in all forms of the word. Whether it comes from her pen when writing a song, or on the dance floor from her many years of practice, she finds a way to express herself through many forms.
“If there’s something that gives you creative freedom, I’ve always wanted to know how to do it as fast as I can because I love to have options and I love to have the tools to bring to life whatever I see in my head,” Kassi tells Sounds Like Nashville.
One of the tools that gives Kassi creative freedom is her sewing machine.
The Missouri native’s mother was an avid seamstress, always making costumes for the various dance and theater shows her daughter was involved in. To pass on the trade, her mom made sure she had some hands-on experience.
“When I was younger, [my mom] would take me to a Salvation Army or a Goodwill and buy me ‘80s wedding dresses or ‘80s prom dresses and let me tear them apart and then put them back together a different way,” Kassi says. “I started sewing from then on.”
Her skill of sewing proved incredibly convenient when she started out in music, as she could just make her own clothes. She has also created her own outfits for all her music videos, including the marching band outfits in “Violins,” the pink dress in “Pretty Shiny Things,” and the tie-dye crop top in “Field Party.”
For Kassi, fashion is “a form of expression and art,” and when asked how she would describe her personal style, she had to think on it for a moment.
“It’s always a bit biker chic because both my parents were motorcycle riders,” she says. “I love leather and fringe and big rings. It’s never too girly, it’s always got some kind of messiness to it, but I also just love volume and texture. I like to wear things that feel like art. If you can mix the most artistic with the most utilitarian, total opposites, that’s kind of my thing.”