design process involved
in the Balance Cape
The cape started with this fabric collage, which I had
made a year before in a Healing
Stitches workshop, where I focused on my feelings about balance and
imbalance in my life, my work, and my emotions.
Once I was embarked upon the Inside the Dress Project,
and was working on the prescribed exercises,
I realized that I wanted to explore this theme more deeply.
The three photos below show some of the design
possibilities I considered for a pathway that would be symbolic of my
Each of the three capes in Capabilities evolved very slowly, with many
changes, additions, and unexpected inspirations and frustrations.
Each step of the way, I tried out different design
possibilities, pinning them to the wall, then stepping back to see
how I felt about them.
Many choices were made fortuitously. For example, the
shape of the hem at the bottom was suggested by the odd shape of the white
fabric scrap I used.