Rubanesque in Dublin's Powerscourt shopping centre gives artists and designers each month the chance to showcase their work in a prominent window in their shop. I was thrilled to be given the month of April to exhibit a selection from my queenofcuffs.Then came the task of just how best to display the pieces . . . . .
I admit to a terrible weakness for 'overkill displays' you know the kind that squashes as much as possible into the space. But I am told less is more and really I should know better !
When displaying my work at the lovely Marlay Park Christmas fair I realised that not everyone is familiar with fabric cuffs. Some people looking at them asked me if they were garters! So I felt I should display a pair just to show how they were worn. I decided a life size lady was needed to show them off. Not being prepared to sit in the window for a month 'a la Amsterdam lady' I had to find a substitute.
I bought several lovely images of Edwardian ladies and through trial and error and printing faces and hands on my home printer, I choose one. For a few days my studio was like the XFactor as I stuck the images on the wall trying to pick. Having apologised to the rejected girls I sent the winner to be printed onto a foam backing and cut out to shape.
I look forward to getting feedback from passing views - and hopefully opinions.
If you are in Dublin in April please drop by Rubanesque and have a look.
Say hello to my lady and why not have a look at the lovely ribbons in the shop.