In the late 1980’s, my 97 year old grandmother died and we cleaned out her house in Bristol, RI. Along with drawers full of old keys and costume jewelry, I saved a stash of garter clips and kept them in wait for a future project. Their day came in 1995, when I started working on Queen with Duster.
I’m always on the lookout for small interesting objects that can be sewn down and I liked the pattern created with the garters lined up. The figure started out as a bride, but evolved into a queen when she was crowned with a bejeweled pin.
Her dress is made from an old wool petticoat of my grandmother’s that was washed so many times, it had become very thin felt. The silver hairpins were also my grandmother’s and she made the tatting on the bottom of the skirt. See “Pink House”, another piece made with my grandmother’s things, here.
Love the clever use of the garter clips. It is amazing to see how some little, usually hidden, piece of a life makes a great design element. Nice memory, too.
What a wonderful photo of your grandma. I also love the garter clips – so many of those hidden little accessories are lost to us today and sometimes I worry that women’s fashion has lost a lot of its mystique because of that.
It’s fantastic you have the original drawings ! Nevermind the walk thru your thought process and the provenence of everything. Great Post !!!
Fantastic post! Love it.
I just love this piece!
ABsolutely wonderful. I love the whimsical use of found objects.
What a magical piece! It makes me smile; thanks for that :).