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‘The Ladybug Dress’ Wins MassArt All School Show Award

Ladybug Dress (front detail), 14" x 16," Nan Genger

A simple toddler’s dress. But a closer reading of the fabric text reveals a child’s voice of deliverance and directives for love and care.

I composed the phrases of text in Photoshop, and the cotton fabric was printed by an online company used by TV’s Project Runway contestants. I researched online for a baby dress pattern printed in 1951, my birth year, and found McCall’s pattern #1640. The lime green grosgrain ribbon with ladybugs references my childhood nickname “ladybug” used by my maternal grandmother.

Part of the Self series, ‘Please See Me: The Ladybug Dress‘, is for for sale, along with a small hanger and custom-made white cotton cover. It can be displayed in an acrylic box, on a mannequin, hanging, or simply laid out.

Truly a labor of love. A unique piece of fiber art.

‘Please See Me: The Ladybug Dress’ won the Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2017 All School Show Award for Fibers.

Ladybug Dress, 14" x 16," Nan Genger, 2016
Ladybug Dress, 14″ x 16,” Nan Genger, 2016