Artist Christine Elfman's dress made of torn story books evokes childhood fairytales & whispers of family histories. The dress can actually be worn, literally enfolding you into the story.
In her series Story Dress II, Elfman builds on ideas of narrative & history by using reminisces recorded by her grandmother & incorporating them into a papier mâché dress. Photographing the resulting sculpture using the wet-plate collodion process & printing the images onto antique cabinet card mounts, she created a new historical record of her grandmother's memories. Inspired by unknown relatives in old family photo books & anonymous portraits in vintage shops, she was moved by the number of forgotten people regardless of photography's intent to capture & preserve: secure the shadow, 'ere the substance fades away.