Thursday, July 24, 2008

A dress pattern, and the Story behind it ...

This is one of my recent carbootsale finds:
I wonder about the story behind this pattern. The lady who was selling them had a whole box of patterns - ladies' dresses, skirts and suits, all neatly cut up and clearly used. I asked her if she had any uncut old patterns. I like the sheets for wrapping presents (and they are also great for journaling and collages). She scrabbled in the box and said - 'Oh, my dear, take this one. This one was never used ....'
And dress patterns also remind me of Sue Pam Grant's work. She is a fabulous South African artist (and playwright and actress - how talented can you get!) The images below are all from her Simplicty Miss Petite Size 8MP series of artworks (images are from the Bell-Roberts gallery website):

(Bathing Suit - Sue Pam Grant)


(To be Interlined - by Sue Pam Grant)
(Girl in Pocket / Ballet under Collar - by Sue Pam Grant)
For a description of her process, see here.

5 comments:

kendalee said...
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kendalee said...

Love these images by Pam Sue Grant - thank you for the introduction. Also curious about the story behind the pattern you bought. Did the wedding go ahead with different dresses, or did it not happen at all? And either way, why? I wonder...

Mrs.French said...

such a wonderful find...I hope you create the most beautiful garment with it and create a story of your own!

Anairam said...

kendalee - I was so curious, but did not want to ask in case it turned out to be a tragic story. But probably it is just that the bride decided on another, more beautiful, dress ...
mrs. french - Oh I love carboot sales! I should post more pictures of my finds. Regarding the garment-making, errrm, I don't think so! I am extremely sewing-challenged ...

Freshly Found said...

Sue Pam Grant's work really intrigues me. It is so thought provoking and yet pleasing.