The Real Cinderella Dress
I've been making work from re-purposed/recycled materials since... ...I can't remember - long before it was hip or cool. Long before a big deal was made about it, anyway. But I've been thinking lately that I should put words on why it's important to me.
The re-purposed materials I use are significant to me on many levels.
Ethically, they are important to me because they are simply raw materials, being put back into use and not discarded. I look at the materials more for what they can be, not what they are.
Personally, it's a way of material use that is an extension of my frugal, farm-raised heritage and it's a mode of working I've always employed.
Metaphorically it's symbolic of my personal feminist theory. Oftentimes, women are the ones left to stitch together a meal, a life, a family, a home, a culture....from scraps....scraps of food, of time, of fabric, of psyches...