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« on: March 11, 2010 11:03:43 PM »

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 Sad  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!!
« Last Edit: March 11, 2010 11:07:10 PM by sheena.lee » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010 11:21:39 PM »

This is really great!

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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010 02:00:24 AM »

Wow wow WOW!  That is really beautiful, and what a brilliant concept! 

I'm in awe.  Seriously. 

This rocks!

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010 02:40:08 AM »

Stunning concept, I love how you tied it all in together! Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010 05:09:51 AM »

You should be so incredibly porud of yourself! This is beautyful, the idea and how it tirned out, it looks so professional, like you could buy it in a store.
Talking about "out of the box" thinking.

Enjoy and who knows where this project will bring you and your creativity.
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2010 06:07:55 AM »

I also think this is a brilliant concept AND was wonderfully executed. Great timing too as it is Women's History Month here in the US! I hope you try to get it to more places after this exhibition you've submitted it to. I would totally feature it the day I have an art gallery of my own!

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2010 07:27:44 AM »

amazing.  You are very creative and I hope it all goes well Cheesy


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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010 08:44:59 AM »

So very beautiful. I love the boundaries you pushed and the thought provoking this "book" has caused.  Question everything. Wink

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2010 01:29:33 PM »

wow, I love the idea of embroidery on the dress Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2010 03:06:57 PM »

Thanks for all the compliments!  It's the project I've enjoyed most so far, it was challenging but so fun.
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