《重修旧好》00004 - Blue Dove Dress 喜燕
My first ever mending dress - I picked up a very poor condition dress to practise my mending skills. Unlike the storybook series, this badly defected dress will be injected with creative handiwork to turn scars into arts
The initial condition of the dress:
- original fabric buttons were badly smashed
- yellow stains littered all over the dress
- colour dye stains
I've created some patterns to blend in with the original organic patterns on the dress
A few dancing leaves on the colour-dyed stains
It took me months to complete this dress. Much of the thinking process to save the dress evolved during the mending process. During the same period, I was going through a lot of ups and downs, dealing with lost of family members.
I sat on this dove swing (which was previously owned by my grandparents) and time travelled back to the good old younger days. "He" or "The dove" has witnessed three generations of our family: my grandparents, my parents and myself. When I looked back at these old photos, every generation who did a "wefie" with him smiled like any happy child.
The dove was first located in a farmhouse house right under a mango tree. We used to climb up the mango tree which was just right above the swing.
When the farmhouse was demolished. He then moved into a bigger house; when the bigger house was sold, he eventually moved to a third house in central Malacca (my grandparents' current home)
I wish to immortalise this old friend of mine who has been through countless joyful moments with many of my family members. Hence, the iconic dove at the top of this swing has now become a part of this dress.
The damage buttons were replaced with "new" vintage buttons
Leftover fabric buttons are incorporated into a hand-sewn belt
After 112 hours of day-and-night stitching, my first mending product had finally completed and the process has surprisingly and concurrently healed my gloomy heart.
4th exhibition item
Inspired by: My own childhood and experiences
Material: Used clothing, sewing thread, cotton thread
Measurement: Bust 88cm, Waist 88cm, Lenght 107cm
Fabric: 100% Cotton
Total labour time: 112 hours of day-and-night
ps: Cherish the moment of now, the present is your gift
尺寸：胸88cm, 腰88cm, 身长109.5cm