What exactly is involved in the pictures above, you ask?
Well, the dress is made up of unbleached cotton, pleated, folded, shirred, embroidered, tucked into submission. There are also doilies, twigs and fur pelts. The frame underneath is essentially a cage-crinoline welded to hold up the shape and weight of the fabric. The left panel of the dress is embroidered with real and mythical beasts on a panel 1.5m squared.
Also, a life-size crochet octopus looming above the ground threateningly, across from the dress. The octopus was started as a doily in January, and then just grew and grew. It was a challenge, but alot of fun crocheting around a balloon that measures 26" in diameter.
"Engineering of Submission: the intricacy of structured foldings" by Edith Chartier
Winner of the 2011 University of Ottawa Sculpture Award.