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November 30, 2007

november 27, 07

november 27 07

Posted by jodi at 09:43 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #14

dress #14, state 2 (printed november 25, 07)

front:

dress #14 state 2 (front)

back:

dress #14 state 2 (back)

details:

dress #14 state 2 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 08:15 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #14

november 26, 07

november 26 07

Posted by jodi at 08:14 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

dress #9, state 8 (printed november 25, 07)

front:

dress #9 state 8 (front)

back:

dress #9 state 8 (back)

details:

dress #9 state 8 (detail)

dress #9 state 8 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 08:11 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

november 25, 07

november 25 07

Posted by jodi at 07:46 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #03

dress #3, state 11 (printed november 22, 07)

front:

dress #3 state 11 (front)

back:

dress #3 state 11 (back)

details:

dress #3 state 11 (detail)

dress #3 state 11 (detail)

dress #3 state 11 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 07:35 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #03

November 26, 2007

november 24, 07

november 24 07

Posted by jodi at 10:44 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #07

dress #7, state 6 (printed november 22, 07)

front:

dress #7 state 6 (front)

back:

dress #7 state 6 (back)

details:

dress #7 state 6 (detail)

dress #7 state 6 (detail)

dress #7 state 6 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 10:42 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #07

november 23, 07

A terrible picture, in which the dress looks a completely different colour than it really is, and all the lovely detail in the printing is lost. Ah well, it's already been printed over anyway (that's the thing about letting myself fall behind in posting), and in fact is now much duller, more like it looks here.

november 23 07

Posted by jodi at 10:24 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

dress #9, state 7 (printed november 22, 07)

front:

dress #9 state 7 (front)

back:

dress #9 state 7 (back)

details:

dress #9 state 7 (detail)

dress #9 state 7 (detail)

dress #9 state 7 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 10:22 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

november 22, 07

november 22 07

Posted by jodi at 10:15 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #16

dress #16, state 1

Another new dress from the leftover dress #4 fabric.

front:

dress #16 state 1 (front)

back:

dress #16 state 1 (back)

Posted by jodi at 10:05 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #16

november 21, 07

november 21, 07

Posted by jodi at 10:05 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #15

dress #15, state 1

I haven't been retiring and replacing a dress each week lately, because I had to send a few more off to be photographed and I wanted to get them as inky as possible first. Last week I put three in the mail, then to catch up I made four new dresses in a row, working each evening to have something to wear the next day. Now half of my dresses are old and muddy and half are new and shiny.

All of the dresses in the new batch are made from secondhand bedsheets that I printed over. I like working on top of existing prints, watching them disappear. This one's going to take a lot of work to cover up.

front:

dress #15 (front)

back:

dress #15 (back)

Posted by jodi at 09:43 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #15

november 20, 07

november 20 07

Posted by jodi at 11:56 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #14

dress #14, state 1

From the leftover fabric of dress #4 I was able to squeeze two more dresses. This is the first one.

front:

dress #14 state 1 (front)

back:

dress #14 state 1 (back)

Posted by jodi at 11:53 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #14

november 19, 07

november 19 07

Posted by jodi at 11:41 AM | Comments (1) | categories:  dress #13

dress #13, state 1

front:

dress #13 state 1 (front)

back:

dress #13 state 1 (back)

details:

dress #13 state 1 (detail)

dress #13 state 1 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 11:38 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #13

november 18, 07

november 18 07

Posted by jodi at 11:19 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #08

dress #8, state 6 (printed november 14, 07)

front:

dress #8 state 6 (front)

back:

dress #8 state 6 (back)

details:

dress #8 state 6 (detail)

dress #8 state 6 (detail)

dress #8 state 6 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 11:16 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #08

november 17, 07

november 17 07

Posted by jodi at 11:02 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #11

dress #11, state 6 (printed november 14, 07)

front:

dress #11 state 5 (front)

back:

dress #11 state 5 (back)

dress #11 state 5 (detail)

dress #11 state 5 (detail)

dress #11 state 5 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 10:58 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #11

November 25, 2007

new

sketch, dress #12 state 2, 2007  sketch, dress #7 state 3, 2007

left: sketch, dress #12 state 2, 2007, inkjet and drawing on Rives BFK, 22 x 30 inches
right: sketch, dress #7 state 3, 2007, inkjet and drawing on Rives BFK, 22 x 30 inches

Posted by jodi at 06:33 PM | Comments (2) | categories:  prints

presentation

I made these slides over the weekend as part of a big job application package I was putting together. I love the way the dresses look all lined up with themselves at different stages.

dress #4, states 6, 7, 8

dress #7, states 1, 3, 5

dress #5, states 3, 5, 8

dress #11, states 1, 3, 5

The black lines (there, of course, because the slides will be viewed on black rather than white) aren't really different widths from one slide to the next; that's just how flickr resized them. In real life they look perfect.

Posted by jodi at 06:25 PM | Comments (2) | categories:  dress #04 : dress #05 : dress #07 : dress #11

november 16, 07

november 16 07

Posted by jodi at 12:51 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #07

dress #7, state 5 (printed november 11, 07)

front:

dress #7state 5 (front)

back:

dress #7 state 5 (back)

details:

dress #7 state 5 (detail)

dress #7 state 5 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 12:48 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #07

november 15, 07

november 15 07

Posted by jodi at 12:28 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

dress #9, state 6 (printed november 14, 07)

front:

dress #9 state 6 (front)

back:

dress #9 state 6 (back)

details:

dress #9 state 6 (detail)

dress #9 state 6 (detail)

dress #9 state 6 (detail)

dress #9 state 6 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 12:23 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

November 24, 2007

new statement, november 24 07

The Wardrobe Project is an attempt to blur the lines between work and daily life, between the ritual of getting dressed each day and the rituals performed in the artist’s studio, between the body and its coverings. Beginning on the 16th of August 2007 and projected to continue at least through May 2008 (thus encompassing my final year of graduate studies), the work is a uniform that defines the artist, a daily ritual performed, documented and reflected upon.

The Wardrobe Project is a cycle of eight dresses, first sewn, then printed, then worn, then photographed, then printed again. Each dress is worn only once before being irrevocably altered with another layer of ink; each photograph stands as the only documentation of the work as it existed on the day of wearing. As printed layers build up, imagery beneath is obscured, blurred, buried. Ink stiffens the fabric, making it heavy; solvents used in the printing will eventually break down the fabric. Yet ink also protects the fabric, makes it stronger: as layers build up the dresses become impervious to water and stains. Wearing and washing the dresses softens and fades the inks; the normal wear and tear that clothing endures will lead to the destruction of the printing at the same time that the printing is bringing about the destruction of the clothes.

The body, at once both the vehicle for the work and the object of the work’s eventual destruction, is explicitly referenced in The Wardrobe Project through the printing of images of the artist’s body on the dresses; the body is clothed with images of the unclothed body. A frontal figure is simultaneously printed on the front of a dress and on its back so that when the artist/wearer’s back is turned from a viewer, rather than the artist/wearer becoming a passive recipient of the viewer’s gaze, the gaze is subverted and thrown back by the facing figure.

Interleaved with images of the artist’s body in The Wardrobe Project are printed images taken from satellite maps of the artist’s home and the industrial city that surrounds it. A place defined by labour and manufacturing, it inspires an approach to the act of making that thrives on rules, schedules, daily rituals and documentation. Manual labour, implicit in the repetitive acts of cutting, sewing, and printing of the dresses, is made explicit in the cut of the dresses themselves, their simple lines, bib fronts and large pockets calling to mind the classic work apron.

An exercise in living each day as an embodiment of one’s studio practice, The Wardrobe Project (and its companion work, The Sketchbook Project, in which prints, daily drawings and lists are collected into books) is carefully documented and presented via the internet for public consumption. The Wardrobe Project is an ongoing exploration of art as ritual, art as daily life, art as costume; it is a map for a way of living and a way of making.

Posted by jodi at 08:33 PM | Comments (1) | categories:  the rules

November 17, 2007

november 14, 07

november 14 07

Posted by jodi at 04:33 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #10

dress #10, state 5 (printed november 11, 07)

front:

dress #10 state 5 (front)

back:

dress #10 state 5 (back)

details:

dress #10 state 5 (detail)

dress #10 state 5 (detail)

dress #10 state 5 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 04:30 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #10

november 13, 07

november 13 07

Posted by jodi at 03:52 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #03

dress #3, state 10 (printed november 11, 07)

front:

dress #3 state 10 (front)

back:

dress #3 state 10 (back)

details:

dress #3 state 10 (detail)

dress #3 state 10 (detail)

dress #3 state 10 (detail)

dress #3 state 10 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 03:33 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #03

November 16, 2007

november 12, 07

november 12 07

Posted by jodi at 10:48 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #04

dress #4, state 8 (printed november 11, 07)

front:

dress #4 state 8 (front)

back:

dress #4 state 8 (back)

details:

dress #4 state 8 (detail)

dress #4 state 8 (detail)

dress #4 state 8 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 10:17 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #04

november 11, 07

november 11 07

Posted by jodi at 10:15 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #08

dress 8, state 5 (printed november 8, 07)

front:

dress #8 state 5 (front)

back:

dress #8 state 5 (back)

details:

dress #8 state 5 (detail)

dress #8 state 5 (detail)

dress #8 state 5 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 09:25 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #08

November 15, 2007

november 10, 07

november 10 07

Posted by jodi at 11:55 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

dress #9, state 5 (printed november 8, 07)

front:

dress #9 state 5 (front)

back:

dress #9 state 5 (back)

details:

dress #9 state 5 (detail)

dress #9 state 5 (detail)

dress #9 state 5 (detail)

dress #9 state 5 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 11:51 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

november 9, 07

november 09 07

Posted by jodi at 07:58 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #05

dress #5, state 8 (printed november 8, 07)

front:

dress #5 state 8 (front)

back:

dress #5 state 8 (back)

a peek inside the pocket:

dress #5 state 8 (inside pocket)

details:

dress #5 state 8 (detail)

dress #5 state 8 (detail)

dress #5 state 8 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 07:54 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #05

November 14, 2007

november 8, 07 (dress #11, state 5)

Somehow I missed photographing the dress on its own in this state; usually I photograph them as soon as they're printed, while still wet, but last week I left a few to dry first. I've got to be more careful, or go back to shooting the photos as soon as the dresses come off the press. Unfortunately I can't go back and photograph it now because, due to my still being a week behind in my postings, the dress has already been printed over. And to make matters worse, I only photographed myself wearing the dress with this knitted shoulder tube overtop.

november 08 07

a close up, the best I have:

november 08 07:noro tube-thing

Posted by jodi at 10:49 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #11

november 7, 07

This was the first very cold day where the cold morning temperature didn't give way to a warm afternoon. I spent most of the day working at home with my pyjama pants on underneath my dress, and had a really nice pair of orangey-red tights picked out to change into to go out to my 5:30 meeting. But when the time to leave the house rolled around, I couldn't bear to take the pyjamas off, as I'd been cold for a few days with my inadequate short-sleeved sweaters. So I decided to keep them on and be warm. Later still I had to go down to the undergraduate print studio to monitor the place from 8 to 10 p.m., and it was so cold that I broke down and wore a heavy curling sweater that I didn't make myself. I only have one really warm sweater, the Mariah sweater, and at the time I thought I'd lost it (she's since been found).

I can see that warmth is really going to be a problem (assuming it ever really gets cold here; this week we're back to balmy days, and walking home this evening I was too hot and had to remove my sweater). I've been wearing leggings under the shorter dresses and knee socks or tights under the longer ones, but when winter comes for real I'll want to wear thick tights or leggings every day. The dresses are so lightweight that they ride up when worn with tights and leggings, and the dress fabrics are also not enough to keep me warm. I'm thinking I'll make some longer underskirts to wear that will keep my legs warm beneath my dress and also be of heavy enough fabric that they won't get hung up on my tights. I'm going to knit up some large panels of lightweight wool and felt them to cut and sew some of these skirts. But for now I'm just going to dig out whatever corduroy and twill I have here and whip up a few out of those to tide me over.

november 07 07

Posted by jodi at 10:00 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #12

dress #12, state 3 (printed november 3, 07)

front:

dress #12 state 3 (front)

back:

dress #12 state 3 (back)

details:

dress #12 state 3 (detail)

dress #12 state 3 (detail)

dress #12 state 3 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 09:56 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #12

November 13, 2007

november 6, 07

november 06 07

Posted by jodi at 10:07 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #03

dress #3, state 9 (printed november 3, 07)

front:

dress #3 state 9 (front)

back:

dress #3 state 9 (back)

details:

dress #3 state 9 (detail)

dress #3 state 9 (detail)

dress #3 state 9 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 10:02 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #03

november 5, 07

november 05 07

Posted by jodi at 10:01 PM | Comments (1) | categories:  dress #04

dress #4, state 7 (printed november 3, 07)

front:

dress #4 state 7 (front)

back:

dress #4 state 7 (back)

details:

dress  #4 state 7 (detail)

dress #4 state 7 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 09:50 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #04

November 12, 2007

november 4, 07

november 04 07

Posted by jodi at 08:20 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #07

dress #7, state 4 (printed november 3, 07)

front:

dress #7 state 4 (front)

back:

dress #7 state 4 (back)

details:

dress #7 state 4 (detail)

dress #7 state 4 (detail)

dress #7 state 4 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 07:59 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #07

november 3, 07

november 3 07

Posted by jodi at 07:45 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #08

dress #8, state 4 (printed october 31, 07)

front:

dress #8 state 4 (front)

back:

dress #8 state 4 (back)

details:

dress #8 state 4 (detail)

dress #8 state 4 (detail)

dress #8 state 4 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 07:23 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #08

november 2, 07

november 02 07

november 02 07

Posted by jodi at 07:21 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

dress #9, state 4 (printed october 31, 07)

I made a mistake while printing this one: I was printing one of my old life-sized self portrait blocks in blue, and decided to put the head and shoulders upside down on the front of this one. I didn't realize until I pulled the print off the block that I'd inadvertently lined up the breasts in the print with the breast area of the dress bodice. It looked pretty silly, but I ended up wearing a cardigan over it for most of the day anyway.

front:

dress #9 state 4 (front)

back:

dress #9 state 4 (back)

details:

dress #9 state 4 (detail)

dress #9 state 4 (detail)

dress #9 state 4 (detail)

dress #9 state 4 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 07:13 AM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #09

November 09, 2007

november 1, 07

november 01 07

Posted by jodi at 11:33 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #10

dress #10, state 4 (printed october 31, 07)

front:

dress #10 state 4 (front)

back:

dress #10 state 4 (back)

details:

dress #10 state 4 (detail)

dress #10 state 4 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 11:04 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #10

october 31, 07

october 31 07

I'm trying not to wear mass-produced clothing over the dresses (although I am allowing myself t-shirts, thermals and tights under the dresses for warmth). But this dress's bodice is a little tighter than some of the others and this thermal wouldn't fit underneath, and it was chilly in my apartment where I spent most of my day. I decided it was a little dishonest to take off the thermal just for the photo, when in fact I wore it all day long.

Posted by jodi at 10:40 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #05

dress #5, state 7 (printed october 29, 07)

front:

dress #5 state 7 (front)

back:

dress #5 state 7 (back)

details:

dress #5 state 7 (detail)

dress #5 state 7 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 08:45 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #05

November 08, 2007

october 30, 07

october 30 07

Posted by jodi at 10:13 PM | Comments (1) | categories:  dress #11

dress #11, state 4 (printed october 29, 07)

front:

dress #11 state 4 (front)

back:

dress #11 state 4 (back)

details:

dress #11 state 4 (detail)

dress #11 state 4 (detail)

dress #11 state 4 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 10:09 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #11

November 07, 2007

october 29, 07

october 29 07

Posted by jodi at 09:51 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #08

dress #8, state 3 (printed october 24, 07)

front:

dress #8 state 3 (front)

back:

dress #8 state 3 (back)

details:

dress #8 state 3 (detail)

dress #8 state 3 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 09:30 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #08

october 28, 08

october 28 07

Posted by jodi at 09:29 PM | Comments (1) | categories:  dress #03

dress #3, state 8 (printed october 23, 07)

The previous (white) layer faded a lot in the wash, more than the other ink colours have faded. This time I printed a deep yellow, which isn't that easy to see in the photos but altered the overall tone of the dress quite a bit.

front:

dress #3 state 8 (front)

back:

dress #3 state 8 (back)

details:

dress #3 state 8 (detail)

dress #3 state 8 (detail)

dress #3 state 8 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 08:45 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #03

october 27, 07

I'm a little self conscious about taking my daily photos in front of people, and there was a lot of catcalling coming from the other side of the room.

october 27 07

Posted by jodi at 08:30 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #12

November 06, 2007

dress #12, state 2 (printed october 19, 07)

front:

dress #12 state 2 (front)

back:

dress #12 state 2 (back)

details:

dress #12 state 2 (detail)

dress #12 state 2 (detail)

dress #12 state 2 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 10:58 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #12

october 26, 07

I wanted to get a busy, bustling shot of the dress at SAFF with the vendors in the background, but the place was too busy and too bustling and people kept walking in between me and the camera. I had to make do with a headless shot.

While browsing the vendors I was approached by someone who said, "are you Jodi?. . . I recognized you by your dress!". It was pretty amazing to be at a fibre festival of all places and have an encounter that I could write about on this weblog instead of my other (more knitty) one. Thanks, Kathryn, you totally made my day!

october 26 07

Posted by jodi at 07:46 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #07

dress #7, state 3 (printed october 19, 07)

front:

dress #7 state 3 (front)

back:

dress #7 state 3 (back)

details:

dress #7 state 3 (detail)

dress #7 state 3 (detail)

dress#7 state 3 (detail)

Posted by jodi at 07:40 PM | Comments (0) | categories:  dress #07