Inner, Outer and Surrounding Self 2014-17
Inner, outer and surrounding self is a personal project in which my aim is to present and explore a self through historical costume and constructions related to costume.
Taking two vintage dolls as inspiration I firstly tried to investigate them by drawing them from three different visual angles/points of view: portrait, profile and full body. I then corresponded each of the drawings with a construction related to costume. My aim was to express elements of the self. For each doll I researched and explored two different clothing periods and used different colour palette: blue/ ivory for the 18th century and pink/bordo (burgundy)/ivory for the 19th century. For the ‘inner self’ part of my project, which is in progress, my aim is to express intimate feelings of the self by exploring renaissance costume. I tried to achieve this by bringing the hidden layers of clothing to the surface and by using a cold colour palette.
Doll / So alive but so silent.
Fabric doll with sculpted head, legs and feet made of Fimo puppen.
Costume based on an 18th century caraco jacket and petticoat.
Patterns taken from Janet Arnold’s book: ‘Patterns of Fashion 1’.
Cotton fabric - hand dyed and hand painted.
Aquarelle painting based on a vintage porcelain doll.
(full body side view)