January 2018, I attended an art retreat with Jen Cushman, there I met not only some amazing artists but Miss Queen’s Ink herself, Patti Euler. We talked about dress forms/mannequins and she tells me that there is this whole tribe of people that do what I do. Needless to say, I was floored.
I was invited to participate in their annual competition. The “form” must fit on a set sized mannequin on its own, then be able to be worn by a model not only for the day’s photo shoot but for various events throughout a year. This was the first time I had ever done something WEARABLE. Now think for just one moment, its PAPER. Wearable and paper do not usually meet in the same sentence.
So I went to work…and this is what I did using paper, clay, paint, branches, and flowers. I created the “Ethereal Fairy.”
Tattered Angels was a sponsor and the color you see on this entire dress was created using various colors of Glimmer Mist, nearly a gallon or two!
She was transported on the plane with me, the inspectors did quite a bit of damage to the skirt when I got a chance to unpack it on the other side. We got her all fixed up, though and off to the show!
The photoshoot was amazing, such a surreal experience. When I got our model all into the dress she was nearly 7 foot tall with the headdress on. And a 6 foot wing span, so I had to walk her slowly and carefully to the photo shoot area. We ended up putting it on two amazing models at this show.
There are over 1400 hours of work into this dress and one of my greatest achievements winning “Innolects” award for sustainable use. I am now working on the 2019 Manneqart Dress, keep an eye out on my blog at www.AVintageGirl.com.