Love Sonnets, From Shakespeare To Baltimore, 2019 - 2020
Love Sonnets, From Shakespeare To Baltimore is a textile book arts project that explores memory, mortality, heterogeneity, and cultural symbols. The primary inspiration for this project is literary: I am fascinated with the fourteen-line structure of Shakespearean sonnets, how they are structured like logical arguments about the emotions influenced by love and hate. The secondary inspiration for this project is fashion history: I am interested in the history of wedding dresses and their social, economic, and cultural significances. Furthermore, why wedding gowns are used to symbolize the union of love. Through the convergence of literature and fashion, this project becomes both a visual response to Shakespeare and a multisensory artistic experience.
Fragmentation and order are explored through the physical deconstruction of repurposed wedding dresses and their transformation into book pages. Cutting, painting, sewing, manipulating, and collaging the fabrics into new patterns allow the material of the pages to speak. Textiles are innately tactile, relatable and give life to each book's foundation. Abstraction, memory, and emotion are explored through the deconstruction of the fourteen-line poetic structures. Each word takes on a new life and a new meaning when printed on textile and combined with the deconstructed wedding dresses. Color and imagery create new forms. Carefully screen printing words onto wedding dresses and vintage quilt fabric offers additional layers of meaning.