For those of you with a good memory, you may recall a while back I announced an upcoming collaboration with the Stoke Pottery Museum and Art Gallery based on my ideas around dressing tables, female artifice and narrative through feminine belongings:
I did a run of posts called the Dressing Table Gallery where, you, the lovely readers of this blog sent in photos of your dressing tables to be showcased every week and used as research into my ideas;
I also looked into the theatrical side of dressing up by visiting the amazing Wigs Up North shop in Manchester, where I discovered the importance of appearance means more than just looking good, it covers gender, identity and comfort...
...and I also studied vintage dressing tables and Hollywood glamour of the past and present...
...as well as looking into how other artists have tackled the idea of feminine belongings and their meanings;
'Chanel' Audrey Flack 1974
My research took on a poignant note as I looked into the narritive of feminine belongings. I was inspired by the collection of supposed belongings Marilyn Monroe left after her death, which really gave a deeper empathy with the person behind the public veneer.
And when my lovely Nan passed away earlier this year I was compelled to celebrate her life through talking about the objects she left behind.
This coming Monday I am visiting Stoke Pottery Museum and Art Gallery for the first viewing of their costume and decorative art collection! We are to collaborate on a project that should give the collection a new lease of life and a fresh appeal for the public.
I'm also going to be able to have access to the collection for my work and I hope to encompass all my research and ideas into some fabulous new art work!
I'll be posting about my visit next week, so see you then...