Girl makes dress out of tree bark
The bark is too brittle, they told her. But Tenczar, who began sewing at the age of 4 and started using a sewing machine at 10, did not listen. She was up for a challenge.
Tenczar, a Lowell High graduate and current junior at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston (MASSArt), said that when she received the assignment, she was determined to create something that reflected her current place in life.
"I was finally where I wanted to be, getting to do what I wanted to do, and I wanted the dress to reflect that," she said. "That's why the dress kind of looks like it's growing out of the ground."
Tenczar said the project was a learning experience that taught her how materials, unconventional as they may be, can wrap around the body.
She said that even though the dresses may appear strange to some, it is important to remember that these dresses are for show and not meant to be worn.
The images of the nontextile dresses might conjure memories of Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress. But Avery said that nothing of that nature is on display.
"Students are not allowed to use materials that rot on their nontextile garments," she said.
- Posted on September 23, 2012
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