wearables/ textile art/ garments
Photo Credit: Janet Tavener
she wore her heart on her sleeve
denim, reclaimed maroon ribbon, cotton yarn, sewing thread,
printing, hand and machine stitch
She was a child of the 70's.
The fabric and style reflect her origins.
The colour red her fire and passion for life.
The dress is a canvas to tell her story. A story in pictures, sometimes with words, sometimes without. A culmination of her journey: familiar yet uniquely hers: events, thoughts, experiences, her dreams, values, highlights and memories.
The traditions of embroidery and stitch are adopted to translate symbols into storytelling.
This work is a continuation of a series of wearable artworks that examine the 'dress' as representation of the Feminine.
Clothing is worn for many reasons. The properties of protection, adornment and self-expression are utilised as a means to communicate messages in the form of words and symbols providing a narrative of self. In this way the garment acts as armour protecting the wearer from external influences in addition to being a vehicle for expression of individuality and identity.
untethered.fibre.artists - 'Found Narrative' exhibition
2019 wallarobbah arts and culture centre, hornsby NSW
2020 tuggeranong arts centre, tuggeranong ACT (forthcoming covid)
2020 muswellbrook regional gallery, muswellbroook NSW