Dance Dress Mixed-media Stitch Detail

This photo shows some of the fabric pages of my Dance Dress.  They layer and cover the skirt of the dress.  Each page was cut from a lightweight cloth, backed with fusible interfacing and tulle and border stitched.  I collaged lines of music from a vintage hymn book.  The pages of my book are hand printed, one letter at a time using a rubber stamp set of the alphabet and Stazon inks.  I started my book at the bottom and continued in a circular pattern around the hem of the dress adding pages and layers one on top of the other.  The stories of our lives are written in similar layers.  All parts show but perhaps the newest things in our lives are most visible.  This book is about singing and dancing, praising and thanksgiving.  It is a story about the happy things in my life.  The text is interlaced with favorite poetry, songs, Psalms and personal stories.

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