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Rose Charity
16Jul
2010

Never Been Kissed

It is the purpose of ROSE Charities to implement, build capacity for, and support simple, sustainable, cost effective rehabilitation programs for the marginalized of the world. Find out more at www.rosecharities.net

Rose Charity raises money for the needs of children. This auction did so with models stripping away layers of clothing for cash. The outer layer was a transparent sheath cut in a Japanese style with red doilies as roses and green stitching like barbed wire as vines. The next layer was the skeleton image on a blue rusted cami and pants to denote the trellis or structure underneath the rose plant.

Fashion fundraiser for Cambodian children with cleft palettes inspired me to create a piece that reflected the gap produced not only by the physical manifestation of a cleft palette but the gap of resources to help mend it. The circle skirt is an inclusive shape; we are all one. The lace and spine evoke interconnectedness and strength in fragility. The pink is the kiss which is scalloped with a wood burning tool into the shape of a giant lip – fiery and raw, the green is the underbelly / root and the fuchsia toile is the blossoming flower within. Velvet bows mend the gap but do not completely hide what has been revealed; we are all vulnerable and beautiful and with each others’ help we can proudly display our scars and inner beauty. “If ever I saw a heart reveal itself in the form of a dress, then certainly this was that time” Robert E. DeGraw Jr., Executive Producer, Never Been Kissed. Over $10,000 raised! www.neverbeenkissed

Fundraiser for ROSE Charities: It is the purpose of ROSE Charities to implement, build capacity for, and support simple, sustainable, cost effective rehabilitation programs for the marginalized of the world. Find out more at www.rosecharities.net

Using the rose as a starting point and lingerie as my structure, I fashioned a layered piece that could be stripped off and auctioned during the fashion show. The outer layer was made from sheer curtains, cut into a “Chinese Style Dress”, embroidered with lace and appliquéd with doilies to evoke the lattice of support housing the rose bush. The 2nd layer was the substance of the bush; governance of children, benevolence of those who can help. The stitching represents the thorns of the rose bush and the barbed wire of those imprisoned by their lack of means or by war. The 3rd layer is the water that feeds the rose bush and images our common physical attribute regardless of where we live, what we own or the colour of our skin. Outcome: Raised over $17,000.00 for Rose Charities

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Other Charities
16Jul
2010

Eve is in the Garden

1 slip dyed in bronze fennel and rusted, 1 slip dyed in cochineal and rusted, jute, wheatgrass seed, sunlight, kelp water

The Caper’s contest, to incorporate food into design for fashion, inspired me to create a prototype for the “living dress”. I wanted to design a piece that went beyond imaging food on clothing to actually clothing of food. Last year, I made a dress of scarlet runner beans growing up a woven, metal dress, fashioned after Venus de Villendorf. When uprooted, the beans quickly dried and drooped. I wanted the Caper’s dress to keep her integrity longer so I chose organic wheatgrass as the edible textile, grown on a backdrop of felted jute. I bought the seeds and starting soaking them 12 days before the contest deadline. Then I spread them out on jute fabric cut into my pattern pieces for the dress and nurtured them for 10 days. On July 18 I sewed the seams. Voila! Underneath the grass dress are 2 recycled slips; one dyed in the natural dye cochineal, the other dyed in the leaves of the bronze fennel (from my garden). The lacy quality of the slip echoes the delicate patterns in the roots and leaves of plants. The grid pattern on the longer slip is created by rust and is meant to evoke the network of roots that feed the grass. Eve is barefoot in her garden; her earrings are fresh cherries, her watering can resplendent with more.

The Venus Project


Copper wire, brass wire, bicycle tires, ribbon, pearls, air,
scarlet runner beans, purple beans,soil, water, sunlight, time

Inspired by the overt femaleness of the Venus de Villendorf and a school weaving project based on creating woven sculptures, I used the loom to weave an open tube of wire, bicycle tires and ribbon. The tires, once inflated, became the huge bosom and buttocks of the statue. The finished piece hung in my garden and in the spring I decided to grow beans up it and enter it into the 2005 Wearable Art Show (picture 1). In the show I called it “Venus de Beano” (picture 2). Ultimately, Venus went back to the garden where she awaits her next interpretation (picture 3). Photo credit: Frozen Reflections (www.frozenreflections.com)

Breast Implants


Felted jute, wheatgrass seed, kelp fertilizer, water, sun

I have always loved gardening; fresh air, aspirations of promise, budding uncertainty, food. I wanted to transfer this experience to cloth. My experiments proved wheatgrass to be very forgiving when uprooted and when receiving nutrients only through sprayed kelp water. A grass bra sounded fun and then it came to me: breast in plants. These were entered into the 2006 Wearable Art Show in Port Moody.

Kimpton Red Ribbon Campaign

Wear it anywhere and wear it in a flash Fundraiser for Loving Spoonful: A volunteer-driven, non-partisan society that provides free nutritious meals to people living with HIV in the Greater Vancouver area. www.alovingspoonful.org

November 2nd showcased an “unfashion” show featuring a fashion shoot of local designer’s creations incorporating the AIDS red ribbon. World Aids Day, photos from the shoot were exhibited and auctioned off along with the red ribbon garments.

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Sustainable Expo
16Jul
2010

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Fundraiser for Seycove Community Center

In Spring 2006 the Seycove Family of Schools, Auction and Dance is the premier annual social event in the East-Seymour, Deep Cove community. Since 1983, the Auction has successfully raised funds that benefit the four schools in the area, namely Seycove Secondary, Cove Cliff, Dorothy Lynas and Sherwood Park Elementary School – and has provided a lot of fun in the process. $48,000 raised!

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