Friday, April 5, 2019

my 'dressproject', out on the town, at the Attleboro Arts museum ...

I am pleased and honored to announce that I am 
all installation photos were taken by Abby Rovaldi

For the month of April, photos from my 'dailydress ...' series will be on exhibit in their Community Gallery. The majority of the photos are printed on aluminum which allows the spirit and details of the photos to shine through,  as there is no glass in front of the image nor material surrounding the image to distract.


'eat your veggies ...' & 'don't slip ...'
“dressproject…” Series by Virginia Fitzgerald; Photography on aluminum 


My 'dailydress ...' exhibition is running concurrently with the Attleboro's
'Tempera: Nature & Narrative'
exhibition: April 6th – May 4th, 2019

Opening reception and festivities are happening this Saturday:
April 6th:
2pm – 3pm: Egg tempera demonstration by exhibiting artist Eileen Kennedy
3pm – 4:30pm: Opening reception

Free and open to all.

all installation photos were taken by Abby Rovaldi
And as with all exhibits, I needed to revamp my 'dressproject ...' artist's statement:

'ladies in waiting ...'
my photos waiting to be hung.
“With the dress, I discovered my voice, the dress became my soapbox from which I could initiate a dialogue, engage in political debate, question social protocol and excavate my authentic self.” — Virginia Fitzgerald 

Virginia Fitzgerald is a passionate artist for whom life and art merge, which is reflected in all of her work. The objective of her art is to inspire others, urging them to think about their everyday lives, examine their surroundings, and revisit their thoughts, beliefs, and expectations. Fitzgerald achieves this through a multitude of media and series of work, one of these series being her “dressproject …” 

Fitzgerald’s “dressproject …” began in 2006 in Wells Beach, ME and since then Fitzgerald has created, designed, and built over a thousand of “artdress’es.” Fitzgerald has reinterpreted the dress form in a myriad of media and materials, such as; vcr tape, rope, asphalt, ice, rubber gloves, etc. Her “dressproject …” includes sculptures, photographs, ephemeral dresses, installations, and performances.  The “dressproject …” has also prompted a “dailydress …” blog, Facebook group and products, such as “dresscard’s,”  featuring origami dresses with empowering quotes and messages.  The “dressproject …” has led to collaborative projects where Fitzgerald works with different organizations,  encouraging the participants to bring new ideas, experiences, and emotions to the project. 

Fitzgerald’s “dressproject …” is relevant to the current issues being debated today. Fitzgerald sees the dress form as a symbol for one’s essential being, their core.  The work speaks to the emotional or lack of emotional connection between people. This body of work touches many people regardless of gender, age, background and experiences, and Fitzgerald strives to create a safe place for them to reconsider their place in the world.

As an artist, Fitzgerald is dedicated to making art that is provocative, that makes the viewer stop and think, art that will prompt a reexamination of an idea or belief. She is a champion of passion, individuality, and inspiration. Fitzgerald works and lives outside Boston with her two daughters in a house full of love and creativity. She is constantly observing, questioning, and exploring her surroundings.  To learn more about Virginia Fitzgerald please visit:
all installation photos were taken by Abby Rovaldi

Hope you can stop by!! I plan to be there on Saturday afternoon.  If you have any questions you can contact the Attleboro Arts Museum: 
thank you and peace ~ 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Big sale on Society6 and some new products!!


From today to Saturday with 30% off EVERYTHING —no exclusions! 
That's right, yoga mats, furniture, window curtains, everything—

 all 30% off!!
think gifts?!? graduation & mother's day!!!

Society6 has new items!!


'love squared ...' Travel Mug
sale: $29.00 $20.30





such as a
new style 
travel mug 
(check out this video!)
hanging out @ starbuck's













Also new is wrapping paper

I got some wrapping paper & used it for my 'dresscards ...'
& it is a lovely quality of wrapping paper!!
cherry-berry jumble ... wrapping Paper
sale price: 
$12.00
$8.40










kitty kat (blue on green) Yoga Mat
$39.00   $27.30

& yoga mats!!

#1 mum, i love you more ... Throw Blanket$59.99$41.99
And then some of the old favorites: 
 perfect for Mother Day gifts:

you've got this, love frida ... Carry-All Pouch
Buy a Set of 3 and Save!       $49.99$34.99


the earth laughs ... Coffee Mug$16.99$11.89

happy shopping & peace!






Friday, March 8, 2019

Today is International Women's Day!!

March is Women's History month and today is International Women's Day.



"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist 



Poster for Women's Day, March 8, 1914, 
demanding voting rights for women.
Karl Maria Stadler (1888 – nach 1943)  
(Scan from an old book)
it belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.International Women's Day  is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continue's to grow from strength to strength.

What's the history of IWD?
Women's demonstration for bread and peace – March 8, 1917, Petrograd, Russia


International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

The history of International Women's day is quite intriguing - click below to read more ...

In 1908 great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.



Friday, March 1, 2019

March's calendar is celebrating Women's History month!


And the celebration of women will continue on my dailydress blog, where I will be posting quotes by women daily, and whenever possible a bit of a bio of that day's woman.  

Some history behind Women's History Month:
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”



Thank you and peace, 
virginia



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Announcing the rebooting of my dailydress project ....


Though I started making dressart and my 'dressproject'  since 2005, I started my 'dailydress project ...' on May 31, 2013.  It stemmed from a personal need to have daily positive and inspirating messages because that year was pretty intense for me. And as is my nature I wanted to share the words of wisdom that I found so I started my 'dailydress project ...' blog.

click here to go to blog

I posted daily for over a year, May 31, 2013 - July 11, 2014. Then my posts became less daily so that I could focus on other projects of my life. Then when my oldest, Maya, headed off to college I turned again to my daily posting, this time focusing the posts on topics and themes that I wanted to share with my daughters, my book of motherlove. I posted 97 days of 'motherlove', and once again life demanded my attention and my posts became more sparatic and far between.


Now loved ones of mine are going through a difficult transition,  so I am rebooting my dailydress blog!!  And honestly I couldn't be more happy! My 'dailydress' blog has been one of my favorite things to do.  I am a quote junkie, jotting down inspiring quotes whenever I see one, the more obscure the better. So if you are interested in "a collection of art, quotes, advice, recipes and life hacks to help us all navigate this brave new world ...." click this link to visit the entire blog.


'the dailydress project ...'
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'the dailydress project ...' @ https://dailydressproject.blogspot.com a collection of art, quotes, advice, recipes and life hacks to help us all navig...
  click here to join the dailydress project group on FB 

thank you and peace, 

Friday, February 1, 2019

February's calendar ~ love is love is love ....

“Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.”
 Lin-Manuel Miranda

Feel free to download and print out this calendar for your personal use this month.

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This calendar should  fit on an 81/2 x 11 piece of paper, however I always click the printing option "scale to fit". 
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

And for the new year, your January calendar!

HAPPY 2019!!


Feel free to download and print out this calendar for your personal use this month.
p.s. if you are having problems downloading or printing the calendar, 
just leave a comment & email and I will send you a PDF.
thank you and peace and 
Happy New Year!! 

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Monday, December 31, 2018

'The day it snowed and snowed and snowed ...'

I usually post this story on my dad's birthday,  
(but as things go this time of the year ...)
So without further delay,
 Happy Birthday Bob Fitzgerald 
and here is your story, 
(with a few edits in text and in the illustration from last year :)  
Enjoy!!



'The day it snowed and snowed and snowed ...'
by Virginia Fitzgerald
dedicated to my Dad,
Robert Fitzgerald



My brother and I woke to a sky full of snow, and the feel of magic in the air.
Mom was worried about a big storm, but all my brother and I saw was a day full of merriment and fun.
After breakfast, we played in the courtyard, bundled in our snowsuits, hats, and mittens. 
During lunch, Mr. Schuller, the super, came by to make sure the heaters were working and warned us that this storm was turning out to be a big one! 
Mom watched the TV, as my brother and I watch the snow. 
Daddy came home early from work. He brought some groceries and some friends who were going to stay with us since they were stranded in the city. 
Suddenly our apartment was full of adults, neighbors and friends, music and laughter. We were having a snowbound party. 
As our apartment got louder and louder, the city got quieter and quieter. The snow kept falling, blanketing the streets; no cars were moving, all was as quiet as a graveyard. 
My brother and I gazed out through the steamed-up window watching the storm subside. Daddy joined us to admire the white wonderland, and then asked if we wanted to go sledding?! 
We explode with excitement!!! Yes!!!Yes!!!Yes!!! 
Mom didn't like the idea at all! She thought it was too cold, too late, too dark.  But Daddy convinced her, as long as my brother and I promised to go straight to bed when we got back. 
We promised!!! 
And so the bundling began again, this time with extra shirts and pants and scarfs and socks.  And when we felt as if we couldn't  even move, Daddy grabbed the sled and we tottered off.
The street was so quiet and white, it felt as though we were tiny mice in a giant's castle. All around us were large looming mounds of white, the sleeping giants, casting off dark engulfing shadows, made from the bright moon beams from the towering street lamps.
As we gazed around in wonder I noticed the sidewalk had vanished under these hulking mounds. They were impassable. I thought this would end our adventure right then and there, but my dad didn't waver. 
He trudged through the snow and into the street, where it was not so deep. My brother and I had been told to never play in the street, so we hesitated. 
But Daddy waved us on, explaining that tonight was a special night, with special rules. There were no cars out tonight, in fact, nothing at all was moving so we could be in the street. 
My brother and I looked around, he was right! 
So my brother and I clamored on the sled, my brother nestled in my lap, and we were off, down the middle of Dearborn St. Warm yellow lights streamed out of every window, adorning everything with an enchanted glow. 
As I held on tight to my brother and felt the cold air on my cheeks, I heard the sleigh blades skate along the snow, my brother's quick breaths and my father's boots crushing the freshly fallen snow. 
This was pure magic; to be out so late under the deep blue night sky, to be with my dad who left his friends to be with us, and to be surrounded by such snowy quiet, in the middle of the city, with my brother safe and snug in my lap. 
Later, we clambered back up the stairs, to our apartment, with our cheeks kissed pink with the brisk winter air. And after we pealed off all of our wet coats and boots and mittens and scarves, my brother and I said our sleepy goodnights to the party. Then we stumbled in to our toasty, cozy beds. And as my cheeks and toes began to thaw, snuggled deep under my warm blankets, and I held tight to the magical feeling I had from the day it snowed and snowed and snowed.



me and my dad
the end 




my styling mom and dad at a party

Monday, December 10, 2018

Holy - Moly!! Hang on, we are heading into the holidays!!

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring, ting, tingling, too
Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling, "Yoo hoo"
Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
And with the holidays,
comes pop-up shops, open houses, holiday sales and more.

Below is a quick rundown of  the holiday happenings for virginiacreates ....

TONIGHT, December 10th
4:00 - 7:00 PM (basically NOW)
Grand Opening at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick
Bubbles and bites and some 'dailydress ...' photos decking the walls!!
@31 South Main Street


Thursday, December 13th, 5:00 - 10:00 PM and
Saturday, December 15th, 4:00 - ?? :)


I will also be at both celebrations at the studios of the lovely and talented Bree Richey, of Bree Richey Designs. Stop by to find some beautiful and unique holiday gifts from local artists, as well as much holiday fun!!

And on-going is the pop-up shop at

Artisans are back by popular demand. Visit your favorites and check out their new items. Learn about new artists involved in the Roots & Wings community.

Artisans work include pottery, quilts, ceramics, cards, scarves, multi-media sculpture, mugs and accessories, jewelry, New England local honey & candles, and many more unique and finely crafted items. Surely we have something for everyone on your shopping list! We even have a slime-making artisan!

Mon-Fri, starts 11/14 (Opens 11/14, Mon thru Fri thru Dec ??)
4:00-7:00 pm
Pop Up Shop room, 1st fl. across from the rest rooms near the Wings studio.

Some of our Artisans:
Kathy James of Little Bird Beads
Andi Lindsey, Bazaar Quilts
Marci Zieff, Creating Calm Crystals and More
Virginia Fitzgerald, Virginia Fitzgerald Art
Eujin Kim Neilan, myUniT
Cheryl Dunlap, Just Bee and Me
Cathy Weaver Taylor, Phoenix Rising Art
Ashley Kane, Mala Beads
Shop 4-7 pm daily, Monday thru Friday. Or schedule a time to stop in. Contact us: (508) 315-8088

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Remember this December ... Happy December from me to you!


Remember this December,
That love weighs more than gold!

Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon


Here is my December printable calendar for your enjoyment!!
 I am so pleased with the quote that I discovered for this month, 
it is a new quote to me and one that celebrates what I love about this time of year!! 
Happy December 

peace

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

for your tuesday enjoyment, a myriad of 'dailydresses'


As I am prepping for a presentation for a possible exhibit opportunity I've realized
that i don't have a good collection of my 'dailydresses' online.  I need to add these to
my website, however until I do I am sharing them here.


These selection includes ephemeral dresses that I have made during the course of my every day, with random materials and detritus that have inspired me. 


I have also included images from my 'dailydress inspirations' which consists of an origami dress with an inspirational quote.


My 'dressproject' began with an ephemeral dress on Wells Beach in Maine on a family vacation.
My first dress, 'brenda's dress ...' was made out of beach stones.  


and the beach and rocks continue to inspire ...





I also have many ephemeral dresses made out of food.  
Besides my passion for eating and good food, I believe the plethora of food related dresses comes from me being a mom and having young girls when I started my 'dressproject'. 








Other inspiration comes from nature ...






 

and art supplies ...





The following images are from the series, 'decemberdress' (2013) in which I made a 'dailydress' most days in December as a kind of therapy.  You can see more and read more about this series in my post, 













I tell people that I have made over one thousand dresses since I started my 'dressproject', 
and I see no end in sight. 


Thank you for your interest and peace,