Image here showing close up of the dress top.
Each individual coffee filter is folded then stitched with ecru color floss onto a cotton muslin shift dress.
Each coffee filter has a unique stain that remains even after it has been washed.
When I completed the sewing portion of the dress I poured hot bees wax over the layers. The wax gives a more translucent quality to paper making it look more like skin than paper. I also love the sculptural quality of the paper impregnated with the bees wax.
The layers remind me of phyllo dough I use to make the honey sweet, almond pastry baklava.
"The Greek seamen and merchants traveling east to Mesopotamia discovered the delights of Baklava. It mesmerized their taste buds. They brought the recipe to Athens. The Greeks' major contribution to the development of this pastry is the creation of a dough technique that made it possible to roll it as thin as a leaf, compared to the rough, bread-like texture of the Assyrian dough. In fact, the name "Phyllo" was coined by Greeks, which means "leaf" in the Greek language."
Sometimes when I stare at the dress it looks like the rich, creamy, vanilla Buttercream Frosting I've used to make a special Birthday or a Wedding cake.
Maybe the dress looks like Roses or Peonies ???
It am honored to announce Dressing Gown to Filter Out Bad Chi was juried into the
Northeast Regional Juried Contemporary Fiber Exhibition
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
April 1 – May 9. If you are able to attend one of the First Friday openings on April 1 and May 6, 6 – 10 PM, we hope you will come and join in the celebration.
The jurying for the
took place on Saturday, February 5. The three jurors reviewed approximately 253 entries from 99 artists and selected 28 works from 21 artists. The accepted artists are:
Marilyn Beal, MA
Jodi Colella, MA
Linda Rae Coughlin, NJ
Cady Fontana, MA
Rebecca Fricke, MA
Meredith Grimsley, PA,
Marilyn Henrion, NY
Tracy Jamar, NY
Pat Klein, PA
Elaine Longtemps, NY
Saberah Malik, RI
Jane Ogren, PA
Carol Rafferty, NY
Michele Ratte, VT
Dana Connell and Elena Shandalov, NY
Adrienne Sloane, MA
Priscilla Smith, MA
Laura Tabakman, PA
Betty Vera, NY
Jeanne Williamson, MA
Vivien Zepf, NY