'GO NOBLE'- Recycled Paper Dresses

Rosemary Kavanagh's avatar Rosemary Kavanagh

My paper dresses were created from a pile of shipping paper and saved receipts in my garage. I chose to recycle the used paper into three dimensional forms. I painted and block printed the sheets of paper with ink, watercolor and salvaged acrylic paint. I varnished each sheet with acrylic decoupage, cut and sewed the hard paper on my sewing machine. Laying the shapes on the dress forms, I varnished each dress with four more layers to resemble glazed clay. One dress is made from receipts, and exposes the live reaction of cell splitting from Bisphenol A mixed with transformative glaze. The paper dresses represent women from all over the world and their amazing journeys, who live here hopefully without fear in America. Many of the dresses uncloak where I, my cousin, who was an intelligence officer in Afghanistan, and my brave and generous daughter have lived, relaying a dichotomy of poverty and opulence. I am working on four more dresses, all 12 taking a full month each to create.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 36 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic/Recycled Paper
  • Width: (8 dresses) x 48 inches= 32 feet-at least
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 72 inches