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The idea behind the dresses was to incorporate a sculptural element into the exhibition, while paying homage to a passion for fabric throughout my past and present. Over the years, I've practiced various fabric-related endeavors, including textile art, dressmaking, bag design, quilting, just to name a few. Working with fabric has played a major role  as a constant artistic expression throughout my creative journey and it is still a medium that I love to work with on a regular basis.

Each dress was chosen from one of the paintings showcased in the exhibit. I photographed them and had them digitally printed  onto fabric , and from there I designed and made  each one. During the construction process,  each dress developed its own identity and I could see a clear theme appear. It was that of the beloved children's fairy-story adventure, created by Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass." These stories were read to me by my Mother on many occasions as a child and they remain to this day as one of my favourite children’s stories. I discovered that much like the whimsical and surreal adventures Alice encounters in her journey down the rabbit hole, childhood memories often exist in a realm where reality blurs with imagination.  By merging these themes, I found  a deeper connection between the fantastical nature of "Alice in Wonderland" and the abstract, dreamlike quality of childhood memories explored in 'Outside the Line'.

Each dress represents  a character in these stories. The  light blue dress represents 'Alice in Wonderland' , the pink dress portrays the 'Red Queen' and the dark blue dress is the 'Queen of Hearts'.

OUTSIDE THE LINE | 8 OCT - 18 NOV | BURRINJA CULTURAL CENTRE | design

 
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