This summer I sent my bio, resume and images of my candy dresses to the Rice Gallery in Mashpee, Cape Cod with hopes that they would have space to exhibit my dresses. I was surprised when the owner of the gallery called to say that she found the dresses so inspiring and that she wanted to know if I would be interested in having them in an exhibit based solely around wearable art. Of course I said yes, and I decided this was the perfect time to make a new dress.
For the past few years I have been the Upcycle Coordinator for BumBoosa Bamboo Products, so I have quite a bit of baby wipe packaging and I figured it would be a great idea to make a dress entirely out of the packaging.
I knew for this dress I wanted to incorporate texture and color. So my first idea was to make scales with the packaging. As I started cutting the individual scales, my husband suggested playing off all the green tones in the packaging, so I decided to make an ombre dress. It would start dark green and fade out to white. I spent a few days just cutting scales in the multiple colors. I also thought a pop of color was necessary, so I used the baby wipe sample packaging and incorporated the orange banner of text into a striped pattern for the collar of the dress and used it as a decorative element for the top of the dress.
I chose a sleeker silhouette than I have in the past and decided on an A line fitted form. I wanted the texture and attention to detail to stand out more than the dress silhouette itself. After the dress was done I decided to dress it up with a woven clutch made entirely from baby wipe packaging and a rolled bead bracelet (my husband put the bracelet together) using baby wipe packaging to create all the beads.
The dresses will be on display at the Rice Gallery starting this weekend until November 22nd. Below are some other artist’s work that will be on display as well:
If you are on Cape Cod I hope you’ll be able to attend.
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