I'm so psyched to finally post this - I've been living and breathing this project for 3 weeks and I am SO PROUD of it. Finally it was due this evening, while I'm glad the stress is over I'm sad that I had to hand it in
My dress form feels naked.
Anyyyyway, I have a bookmaking class as part of BFA in Design, and our second assignment was to make a "livre-objet"/object book. Essentially, we were instructed to push the boundaries of what defines a book - what is a book, what is considered to be pages, etc.
The topic I decided on is gender roles, and I used examples of more 'traditional' wedding vows contrasted with modern ones, and what each says about their time and place in society. For this project I chose to work with Christian customs, just because it's what we relate to most. And, to illustrate the whole thing, I made a wedding dress!
Onto the pictures!
This is the dress itself. It was my first time working with satin - what a pain.
Embroidery - I originally planned to hand embroider because I don't have an embroidery machine... then I was informed that my school is equipped with a Viking! :O
The dress has traditional wedding vows - I included only the bride's vows, because those are the most 'shocking' (I don't mean for that to offend anyone.) It reads:
I take you to be my wedded husband.
I will love, serve, and obey you
as long as we both shall live.
Christ told us that the wife must submit herself
unto her own husband as unto the Lord.
For as Christ is Head of His Church
so is the husband head of his wife.
I submit myself to you.
Annndd here's how I presented the book and topic
As a whole. I made a little "invitation" (it says "I do." which is the name of the book)
Invitation - there's my concept and some modern wedding vows inside
Inside, the dress is wrapped in some white cotton. My colophon sits on top of the dress:
So that's it! Tomorrow I'll be submitting it to an exhibition!
Let me know what you think!!