The Weight of Sentimental Greed
aka. The Collage Dress
Featured in Kaleidoscope, The Academy SF, San Francisco, CA, 2023
“The Weight of Sentimental Greed” was made using a combination of multiple ideas and techniques to challenge the concepts of collage. I used a combination of new synthetic textiles mixed with a patchwork of fabric that was reclaimed from old clothing I no longer needed. The clothing was a combination of garments I’ve acquired from thrifting for my personal wardrobe, hammy-downs from my mother, brother, father, and lover… all things I had a hard time brining myself to throw away despite them no longer serving me.
We often discard our textiles these days with out a second thought. The clothing covering our bodies absorbs memories, traumas, love, time, it’s all so extremely personal and intimate. It pains me so many people are so quick to shed these memories from their lives. I gave these garments a new life as something fresh.
Thought patchwork and a mix of couture sewing and costume magic I’ve created an otherworldly garment fit for a fairy dumpster diving in the modern world. The forms are meant to both be sharp and organic, old and new, glamor and ‘garbage’. The garment is fully embellished with reclaimed vintage glass beads, hand stitched on one by one in an effort for me to take the time needed to part with the fries tied into the fibers that have been transformed.
Photography by Jules Cunningham and Edited by Z. Fondanarosa