Mrs. Collier   A shoe box full of dresses (2011)  These dresses were made by friends of my grandpa: Mrs. Collier and Mrs. Burrows. Each Christmas my mum and aunty were given a shoebox of them, made from material off-cuts. This tradition was reignited once my sister and I had dolls, too. The dresses were made to fit everyone's dolls; my mum thinks great-aunty Ivey sneakily took the measurements and gave them to Mrs. Collier and Mrs. Burrows to make patterns from.  I photographed the dresses as I found them: complete with wrinkles, stains and traces of writing. I like that you can see the lives they have lead as the dresses hold so much history within their stitches. Everyone will find their own stories and meanings within them.  Select pieces from this series are available from  Signed + Numbered
       
     
 Ivey
       
     
 Helen
       
     
 Elsie
       
     
 Joanne
       
     
 Beth
       
     
 Jane
       
     
 Elizabeth
       
     
 Dorothy
       
     
 Mrs. Blackler
       
     
 Jean
       
     
 Margaret
       
     
 Mrs. Lake
       
     
 Mrs. Burrows
       
     
 Valerie
       
     
 Mumma
       
     
 Norma
       
     
 Muriel
       
     
 Nanette
       
     
 Nanette's knickers
       
     
 Penny
       
     
 Sindy
       
     
 Claire
       
     
 Polly
       
     
 Ruth
       
     
 Tilly
       
     
 Mrs. Collier   A shoe box full of dresses (2011)  These dresses were made by friends of my grandpa: Mrs. Collier and Mrs. Burrows. Each Christmas my mum and aunty were given a shoebox of them, made from material off-cuts. This tradition was reignited once my sister and I had dolls, too. The dresses were made to fit everyone's dolls; my mum thinks great-aunty Ivey sneakily took the measurements and gave them to Mrs. Collier and Mrs. Burrows to make patterns from.  I photographed the dresses as I found them: complete with wrinkles, stains and traces of writing. I like that you can see the lives they have lead as the dresses hold so much history within their stitches. Everyone will find their own stories and meanings within them.  Select pieces from this series are available from  Signed + Numbered
       
     

Mrs. Collier

A shoe box full of dresses (2011)
These dresses were made by friends of my grandpa: Mrs. Collier and Mrs. Burrows. Each Christmas my mum and aunty were given a shoebox of them, made from material off-cuts. This tradition was reignited once my sister and I had dolls, too. The dresses were made to fit everyone's dolls; my mum thinks great-aunty Ivey sneakily took the measurements and gave them to Mrs. Collier and Mrs. Burrows to make patterns from.

I photographed the dresses as I found them: complete with wrinkles, stains and traces of writing. I like that you can see the lives they have lead as the dresses hold so much history within their stitches. Everyone will find their own stories and meanings within them.

Select pieces from this series are available from Signed + Numbered

 Ivey
       
     

Ivey

 Helen
       
     

Helen

 Elsie
       
     

Elsie

 Joanne
       
     

Joanne

 Beth
       
     

Beth

 Jane
       
     

Jane

 Elizabeth
       
     

Elizabeth

 Dorothy
       
     

Dorothy

 Mrs. Blackler
       
     

Mrs. Blackler

 Jean
       
     

Jean

 Margaret
       
     

Margaret

 Mrs. Lake
       
     

Mrs. Lake

 Mrs. Burrows
       
     

Mrs. Burrows

 Valerie
       
     

Valerie

 Mumma
       
     

Mumma

 Norma
       
     

Norma

 Muriel
       
     

Muriel

 Nanette
       
     

Nanette

 Nanette's knickers
       
     

Nanette's knickers

 Penny
       
     

Penny

 Sindy
       
     

Sindy

 Claire
       
     

Claire

 Polly
       
     

Polly

 Ruth
       
     

Ruth

 Tilly
       
     

Tilly