14″ x 16″
Original digitally printed cotton (full text available upon request), machine and hand sewn McCall’s pattern #1640, Toddlers’ Dress, 1951, covered buttons, ribbon, small hanger with fabric cover. It can be displayed in an acrylic box, on a mannequin, hanging or simply laid out. Awarded All School Show 2017 Prize (Fibers) at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
I wanted to produce a garment which addressed one of my child part’s desire to communicate “how to care for me” directions as guided by the qualities of Self in IFS. The text was beautifully printed on cotton by an online company, Spoonflower. The vintage 1951 toddler dress pattern was sourced from Etsy, as I wanted it to directly reference my birth year. My mother taught me how to sew as well as shop, which were dual bonding experiences. Numerous childhood photographs document the variety of dresses I wore, as was the custom. It was a very binary time! Ladybugs on the front yoke ribbon pertain to my maternal grandmother’s nickname for me. It is a wonderful example of text used in modern fiber art. I would love to have you add this to your art collection, or simply display it as a reminder of the power of compassion. – Nan