Why am I ironing maps? Why am I cutting out a dress using my paper scissors? I was invited by guest curator Susan Lazear to participate in an exhibition at Visions Art Museum in San Diego.
The show is for wearable artists and fashion designers to transform their concepts into media other than fabric. They'll be displayed on mannequins in the gallery this spring.
Yesterday was my chance to start working. I took a dress I'd recently designed (the Hospital Gown, but that's another story) and converted it into a muslin pattern for the map dress. The main pieces have been cut and will be sewn together with a zipper up the back and facings in the curved areas. I experimented and found that the paper responds well to stitching and that narrow facings produce a nicely shaped curve.
I'll keep posting on the progress - I am so excited about this project!