As a maker of wearable art, the Emily Dickinson dress appealed to me. It is the only known, surviving article of her clothing. As I read about Emily Dickinson, the dress came to represent, to me, a physical embodiment of the poet, who throughout her lifetime increasingly isolated herself from others. Only a select few read any of Emily’s poems during her lifetime.
The windows of Emily’s bedroom, where she wrote her poetry, allowed her to look out on the world around her. As she grew into a young woman and beyond, few who entered the gate to the front door ever saw her.
Today Emily Dickinson’s poetry is known around the world, but much of what we know about her is speculation based on opinions of family, friends, acquaintances and interpretation of existing letters and documents that do not tell a full story. The townspeople of Amherst came to call her the “Myth”. I find that the more I read of her writing, and what has been written about her, the more she becomes a compelling and fascinating mystery.
My work with fiber includes wearable art, quilts and felt, and I hand dye silk, cotton, wool and rayon fabric and fiber for personal use and sale. I have exhibited work regionally, and won prizes for both quilts and wearable art.