It’s been one year to the day that I first posted any of the shots from my ‘Borrowed Dress’ series. I initially posted them not believing that they would be of any interest to anybody, thinking they would be overlooked, or simply seen as ridiculous. It’s been a hugely pleasant surprise that they have been received so well.
I’ve had the opportunity to make new friends, and somehow been an inspiration to some of you, which is an amazingly humbling and strange experience, and not one I would ever have asked for.
I intend to stop the series at 50, and move on to other projects (but still exploring my own gender, identity and sexuality through them), but the journey so far has been an amazing one for me. To go from hiding this side of myself a few years ago, to openly expressing it in this fashion has been the greatest time of my life. I may not live my life day to day wearing these clothes at the moment, but as with all things, it’s about taking one step at a time.
Borrowing dresses from people has allowed me the opportunity to start a dialogue with those lending me clothes. Those discussions have been a way of engaging in discussion about the binary gender system we are forced into by society. I may not have reached the world with my work, but I have reached those in my life, and those who through the project have come into my life. A small circle of influence, yes, but one equally as important as those who are blessed with talking to and influencing audiences in the thousands or millions.
This post is a collection of links to the 35 dresses I have managed to photograph so far. I hope you enjoy them, and if you do, please like or reblog :)
And before I finally shut up, a huge thank you to all of you who have shown me support and love over the past year. Each like, each reblog, each follow, each ask, each message… all of those things mean so much, and have made me no longer feel alone or fearful.
Thank you all, I love every one of you
I’m not comfortable describing myself as anything more than ‘aesthetically unoffensive’ :P but if you wish to describe me as beautiful, then that is truly touching, and I am flattered by it!
Thank you very much for your kind words, they mean a lot :)
You are most welcome!
I forgot to mention that you don’t need to be studying on a Fine Art degree in order to make art. The degree helps, but it’s not mandatory, keep making, even if you aren’t studying! The best thing we can do as artists is talk to other artists, and the internet certainly makes it easier.
And that goes for all of you!. Everyone is creative, everyone can make art, and the only thing stopping you is you! Nobody needs to give you permission or approval to make art.
Please stay in touch if you want, and the same to everyone else, if there is anything I can give advice on, don’t hesitate to ask :)
Playing Pictionary with my family and what is possibly the most inappropriate card came up. I love the game, but that green option is beyond wrong.