holly dress was for a group exhibition at Hurstone Studios, Waterrow,
Somerset where I live and work. The exhibition was called Out of Our
Land and celebrated the natural environment, the land around where
we work. I created a seated dress covered in holly leaves found in
the goyle, a steeply wooded area with a stream running into a small
lake. Whilst the pose speaks of social acceptability, poise and femine
demeanour, the prickly leaves gives a feeling of unease that 'sits'
uncomfortably with the body language of the dress. It is a comment
about the way women present themselves socially, 'look but don't touch'.
The material is hostile, it contrasts with the sensuous nature of
the internal form. The sharp holly leaves draws your eyes towards
it, the imagination wonders what is underneath, it becomes alluring.
is made from a fine wire frame. holly leaves and is lined with red