Joanne McFarland

“In my dress collages I use antique botanical prints, turn-of-the-century newspaper and magazine ads, sheet music, and sepia colored rice papers that suggest bark, wood, earth and skin, particularly African-American skin.” – Joanne McFarland

These dress collages evoke a sense of continuity and context. The juxtaposition of sweetness with a deft handling and choice of materials pulls you into two worlds: the eternal notion of girls and women in a dress–our only choice for so much of our history–and the historical sense of struggle for more choices and perhaps more comfort.