When BIAC’s inaugural Wearable Art Show challenged us to “think big” and “use metal and cardboard” to create shape for our projects, I knew I was going in a wholly new direction for my sewing.
I started with a circle jacket I love but never wear. The collar and inside layer are white rabbit dyed in a leopard skin print. I removed the sleeves, and made one of the holes the neck opening. The rest was an inspiration from the hare.
I thought of that white hare, caught in a rabbit snare, neck broken, bloody. With some rabbit fur, I made an homage to the white rabbit, then made a necklace from a guitar string, fashioned like a rabbit snare. Red ribbon represents blood, and the resulting necklace is to be worn with the recreated jacket.
I considered the indignity paid the rabbit, to die and then be dyed; in death live as a leopard. The piece had to showcase the leopard while recognizing its beginnings as a hare, a hare dyed.
Thinking big, and thinking about using materials in a new way, I reversed the now sleeveless circle jacket to create a cowl. I used a discarded burned-out element from my oven (after all, roasted lapin is a delicacy) to structure the shoulder to stand up on one side, giving the leopard-hare some flare.
Creating wearable art is a departure from my current sewing craze – recouturing. It stretched me, and the show was a very exciting event to be part of.