|wedding dress (brenda's dress)|
it all began on wells beach, me. in 2006. i had an idea of an image of a dress and while walking on the beach one morning i picked up a stick to see what this 'dress' would look like. i drew a sleeveless, life sized dress and filled it in with the beautiful beach rocks & then proceeded to let the high tide take it away ~ giving me a new, clean canvas on which to make another dress. the process felt so right and so gratifying that for the rest of the vacation i made a dress! & each day i would walk the beach with no preconceived idea and would just listen to which material i was to use that day...
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It all started, innocently on
a family vacation,
in Wells Beach, ME.
A broken glass,
a sea of drowning ladybugs
and a nagging thought
lead me to create
(for more about ladybugs and dresses)
Since then I have created hundreds of dresses,
in a myriad of media and materials.
Some in unique locales:
|dress #3 from wells beach, me.|
|new york diner dress (2006)|
I have made LARGE dressese
this installation centered around an 8 foot tall dress of eggshells
|'this comes from within' medicine wheel productions (2009)|
and I have made small dresses
|abc dress (2006) about 1 inch square|
some dresses have a message:
|'in memory of . . . .' (2008) in private collection|
I have made ephemeral dresses and dress sculptures
which reside in public and private collections.
|'lush' (2009) in private collection|
And 7 years later, the desire to make dresses is just as unrelenting as it was in Wells Beach.
The dress continues to inspire me to venture into new realms of expression; performance, installations and collaborative art.
|'metamorphosis' (2013) made with the Dana Hall student body|
The dress has lead me to
my dresstagging practice
the world of greeting cards and
|one of the first dresstags, portsmouth, NH|
|dresscard - soon to be for sale on Etsy|
I have made dresses out of plaster, plastic bottles, VCR tape,
fresh pasta, shells, maps, clothes pins,
fall leaves, dog hair, ribbons,
even nail polish . . . Nothing is safe!!!
|winding roads (2011) paper-mache, paint, marker|
|'cicada' (2012) mixed media painting on panel|
And I thank you for your continued interest
in my dress obsession,
your company and support has made