In this corset besides
the themes of being hunted or collected I have used materials in nature
that also form a protective layer in nature. I really liked using
the peeling bark as a reference to the skin of the female form revealing
hidden layers and also that the bark is stronger, like a kind of armour
as opposed to the feather piece that seems much more vulnerable. There
are many myths and legends of tree Goddesses and I like to think that
in using this material gives some of these myths a reality.
Also, another aspect to this work is that they have all been made
over a long period of time and reflect to some extent the changing
of the seasons.
This piece has been
recently purchase for The Atheneum
Hotel, Picadilly, London.