Pretty dresses, pretty papers!
|Dress Forms - 25" x 37"|
In the piece above, Dress Forms, I started with an ethereal paper that is embedded with thicker paper circles. The color of the wall behind the piece when hanging becomes part of the work, which is a really neat side effect. I constructed each of the dress shapes apart from the background and then attached them to it after. Some of the dresses are interesting papers themselves, two are of some gorgeous pojagi fabrics that I bought in Korea when I taught there. The texture and color of the fabric is delicious! The papers and fabrics of the dresses are altered with ink, paint and stitch, both hand and machine. The resulting piece is fairly delicate and would not travel well so I'll need to choose future venues for it carefully.
La Mode, above, also uses a pojagi fabric as the dress form, and it's mounted to another gorgeous paper. This one is more of a thick, cast paper, cast over spiral shapes. I tinted the paper itself with inks and paints to take it from the original white.
|Frocks - 5" x 7" each|
Frocks uses the paper that I used for the background of La Mode as the dresses themselves. The backgrounds are various newspapers I've collected, painted and inked to give them color and contrast from the white dresses.
Are you ever so inspired by the materials you've chosen that the piece practically makes itself? Have you discovered any delicious papers lately?