Paper Dolls: Dress It
I struggled quite a bit with the "dress it" theme for this month, since collage typically involves a lot of glue, and that's not always compatible with things to wear! However, I started playing with the idea of making some kind of paper dolls with collaged dresses. I didn't want to end up with a lot of loose pieces for this project, but rather something where the clothes could be changed while INSIDE an art journal. I also wanted to play with the idea of transparency: what we reveal when we get dressed, what's too much to reveal, what we want to hide, what we want to communicate. For that reason, I used a lot of tissue and vellum for the clothing in this project. I wove it, cut it, shaped it, pleated it.
I also wanted to use some of the concepts I am attempting to address in my life - my meditation mantra for strength and loving-kindness includes words like brave, kind, wise, safe, strong. For this reason, I used number of stencils that include script and words, or flourishes that look like beautiful and confident calligraphy. I wanted to clothe my dolls in power words and in intention.
There are two women here. In my mind, both of them are me. Each has three different dresses, which are revealed by flipping the cut/shaped pages. Their clothes have ambiguous details: a flapper's sequins or St. Joan's chain mail? Elizabethan collar or Pierrot's ruff? cook's apron or
We communicate so much with the way we choose to dress. We can make ourselves look approachable or formidable. We can announce our professions or signal our intentions. We can disguise our true natures or wear our hearts on our sleeves. Do clothes make the man or woman? Or do we reveal ourselves no matter what we wear?
|Romance Face S652 by Pam Carriker|
|Strength Face S653 by Pam Carriker|
|Wall of Words L318 by Carolyn Dube|
|Letter Mania L400 by Suzi Dennis|
|Art Nouveau L273 by Lizzie Mayne|
|Zippy S352 by Daniella Woolf|
|Club Set from May 2019 by Cecilia Swatton|