"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Altered Dress Form for Breast Cancer Charity Event

Stamp Salado, a stamp store in Salado, Texas, is sponsoring a charity auction of altered dress forms. The auction will be held on Sept. 28th. Twenty artists were invited to alter identical wire dress forms for the event and I was honored to be asked to participate. You can find more information here. Scroll down to the Charity Event. I think photos of all the dresses will be posted soon.

This is my entry. Initially, I didn't intend to make it pink for breast cancer - it just happened! I used a piece of text from an old book for the bodice, stamping with flourishes, scalloping the top edge and trimming with pink Stickles. On the back I added three white eyelets on each side and threaded the white rayon ribbon through, tying in a large bow.

The skirt was made with manila office tags. The bottom row has larger tags and the upper two tiers are from smaller ones. I painted each tag with gesso and then stamped flourish stamps into the wet gesso. After they dried, I wiped each tag with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and used the Fiskars scallop border punch on the bottom. The tags were all tied with white rayon ribbon to the dress form. I also attached flowers punched from text pages with black brads.

The challenge of this was attaching the tags into a full skirt without being too stiff or sticking out too much. I hope it travels well in the mail and will be well-received by bidders.

Please do check out the Stamp Salado site and bid on some of the dresses. This effort is for a very worth cause - one that has probably touched each and every one of us.


Linda Manning Findley said...

it is AWESOME Susan ....... so feminine and wonderful ...... Linda F

Tangled Threads said...

Your dress is beautiful! I'll be checking out their website. Debbie

Nancy said...

So pretty in pink! I love it!

Mary Lynn in Texas said...

Susan,oh my starts that dress is beautiful! You have done an awesome job. I am working on my form too. I hope to finish it tonight and get it ready to mail too. You can see the beginnings on my on my blog with more photos to follow. Hugs

Kate said...

Absolutely gorgeous Susan!

Jeri Aaron said...

Susan - now this is a dress! I adore it.

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.