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