Opening of the Cage Dress; © 2016 Anne Garland
The 100 Dresses Project
November 4th through December 14th 2016
Waynflete Art Gallery
360 Spring Street; Portland, Maine
I recently participated in the exhibition created and curated by artist Crystal Cawley (www.crystalcawley.com). Cawley was inspired by the 1944 children’s book The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hundred_Dresses). The story addresses themes of acceptance, inclusion, and courage to stand up for one’s beliefs.
Cawley hand printed images of a simple dress shape with a letterpress border and title. These were then distributed to a diverse group of artists from the local community. She asked participants to read the story, embellish the dress in some way (collage, printing, drawing, painting, sewing) and then return the finished piece. The exhibition showcases the responses of 140 artists to the messages in Estes’ book, still relevant in our world today.
Below is a partial exhibition view, courtesy of Waynflete School (www.waynflete.org)