Papier Couture is a suite of prints based on some of my favorite childhood interests: playing dress up and drawing and making clothes. As a child I was a little obsessed with clothing, for me and for my dolls. These prints reflect my childhood drawings with their small scale and their simple, ordered compositions. They also explore the visual appeal of clothing; its patterning, shapes and colours. Clothes are more than a necessity; they are a visual means of expression that demonstrate the basic elements of design: form, colour, and texture. We don’t simply enjoy wearing clothes, we like to look at them in magazines and catalogues, on television, and online.
These prints are also inspired by Jim Dine’s etchings of tools and by Pop Art imagery of everyday objects. I have also removed mundane objects from any context to focus on stylized drawings of simplified shapes, albeit using a much smaller scale.
I always begin a print with a title, often
times using puns, idioms, quotes or phrases that make light of the way
that the fashion industry sells clothing. These prints celebrate the
elegant shoes that are too painful to wear, the pretty underwear that
nobody sees, the special dress with no special occasion and all the
unused clothes hidden in a closet.
My first picture books Capelin Weather and The Puffin Problem are being
published in spring of 2017.