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'.