In February I participated in the exhibit "Fiberarts and Fashion" at the Dana Hall School.
In conjunction to that show I was invited to create a collaborative project/dress
with the student body that would be presented at the Dana Hall Fashion Show.
The end product: 'metamorphosis'
|objective: to create a dress/project that involved the entire student body of Dana Hall|
The idea of metamorphosis felt akin to my desires for the project; during middle school and high school there is a metamorphosis, students discovering their desires, strengths and passions while facing fears, and then 'emerging' as adults. I wanted to offer the students a platform in which they could pause and reflect on their personal journey.
|and I painted, dyed and cut the original dress.|
|I set-up in the gallery.|
|the first day I cut out 500+ butterflies|
|then Michael Frassinelli and I divided the butterflies into to envelopes for each advisory group.|
with this prompt:As part of a collaborative project for the Dana Art Gallery, Artist-in-Residence Virginia Fitzgerald has been working with students and invites you to contribute this morning to the creation of a sculptural dress which will be worn in the Spring Fashion Show and exhibited afterwards in the Library. Each advisor group has a packet containing cut paper butterflies and Sharpie markers. Each student is asked to simply write a word, phrase or short sentence, or simple image reflecting a wish, a dream, an inspiration, a memory, or fear on one of the pieces of paper. This can be written in any language, in any style, on any subject (personal, family, school related, etc.); these should be anonymous andthere is no wrong way to express yourself. When finished please return the pieces of paper and markers to the envelope and have a member or the advisory drop them off to the gallery. Thanks so much for you participation. Stop by the gallery throughout the week and after the Break to see how your words and images will be incorporated into the sculpture, or stop by and work with Ms. Fitzgerald directly. All are invited. Thank you for supporting the arts.
|the next day I had 500+ emotionally charged butterflies|
then the fun began . . .
|the middle school student came and helped me . . .|
|they made cocoons, with wax, glitter and more intentions rolled up inside|
|and they helped me outline each butterfly with black ink|
and then they painted each butterfly with glitter medium to reenforce the paper
|I continued to 'personalize' the dress. here I soaked the bottom in ink|
|the students also wrote on the dress, adding to the pattern/design|
|I used the india ink to create a vein like pattern on the top of the dress|
|there were many heart felt messages on the butterflies|
|during the week I was working at the school Mr. Fraz found this butterfly on the ground :)|
It was very interesting to see all the different ideas, thoughts,
dreams, fears and desires that were written on the butterflies.
As I attached each one to the dress
I wondered what kind of response I would have received
if I did a similiar project with a boys school?!?!?
|then it was time for me to pack up ~|
back to my studio (well, really my home, sorry girls).
Here I attached everything to the dress ~
butterflies and cocoons.
I sewed many layers of strips of tulle and netting,
then attached all the butterflies.
|I added grommets on each side so it could fit whatever student that would be wearing it in the Fashion Show|
This is the first dress that I made that someone else
was going to wear. During the Fashion Show I felt like
I might have been on Project Runway ~
nervous if the dress would fit and present well
and I found myself saying that my model was at 'hair and make-up' :)
any thoughts Tim Gunn??
|this way I could see how the dress hung ~|
|and how it moved.|
Monday morning was the Fashion Show and my model rocked the dress!
spinning and letting all the Dana Hall student's dreams and desires take flight
and their fears just fly away.
Thank you Dana Hall for supporting and participating so fully in this dress/project.
As always it was a wonderful and enriching experience for me
and I hope it was for you too!!