Clothes on Their Backs by
and our choice of dress is a reflection of our personality, how we want others
to see us, sometimes used as a reaction against something (often our parents)
and a powerful symbol of wealth or poverty. I have used the basic form of
a pattern piece which is applied to fabric and cut, in order to construct
a garment. Sewing is a visual symbol for the joining together of the past
by Sue Doggett
"But who can really remember pain? It's impossible your don't remember
it, you only fear it returning. These thoughts are like stitches - you sew
a memory with them and the flesh heals over into a scar. The scar is the
'Our family history forms part of our personality and gives us a sense of
who we are and where we have come from. Sometimes knowledge of our past,
ancestors and the events that shaped their lives, gives us a positive sense
of self, but sometimes we can feel burdened, perhaps overwhelmed.'
"I felt that everything had happened already, that we living ones were
of the real events, weak outlines cast down the decades".
'However, without this knowledge, we are bereft and without a true sense
of self and may become the
mere reflection of how others see us.'
The book is constructed using the tongue-in-slot method, rounded and backed
with hand¬dyed and sewn leather joints. The boards are covered in brown,
dyed natural goatskin with additional sewing which references either leather
shoes or battered suitcases. The applied panels are constructed of dyed vellum
with additional onlays of leather and vellum. These machine sewn and hand
embroidered panels have additional imagery made by transfer and ink drawing
and refer to events from the past, as recounted by Sandor Kovacs, and to
events that surround Vivien in the 1970's.
The end leaves are machine sewn, brown Ingres paper which refer to the interior
of Benson Court and in particular to the hand-sewn waistcoats of Vivien's
mother. The edges are painted with watercolour and transfer images of dress
pattern pieces and markings. The book is housed in a fold-out box which is
covered in black buckram and lined with emerald green fabric which was once
a garment (never worn). The buckle is taken from an old leather jacket.