In June 2001, I
was approached by the mulberry company of Shepton Mallet, in Somerset,
with the possibility of making four dress sculptures for their flagship
store in New Bond Street, London, who were undergoing a major refit.
I made five dresses
as a series over the summer of 2001. When I first visited the Mulberry
factory in Shepton Mallet, I was excited about the materials and processes
that they worked with. An assortment of fabrics arrived at my studio
in all sizes of boxes and parcels, and I played.
Each piece evolved. Somehow the Mulberry fabrics suggested ideas as
The beautiful devoree
material felt and looked like rivulets of water and became transformed
into the piece shown above. It has a suggestion of a mermaid or fish
skin with trailing tail fins. The surface was layered with the devoree
and hat netting and finally singed to give it a weathered and wore