A Shoebox Full of Dresses
Christmas, for most of us, normally equates to a combination of different gifts each year, but for Ilona Nelson’s mother, it was a shoebox full of handmade dolls dresses.
These dresses have been photographed to be part of an exhibition and collated for a book of their own. Passed onto Nelson and her sister for their own dolls, the dresses have become a nostalgic series, documenting her rediscovery of a family memory and touching on comparisons between culture and society, handmade and mass-production, the representation of women then and now as well as the question of materialism. The photographs depict the dresses complete with their wrinkles, stains and scribbles and tell their own story of women, family and childhood.
The series, consisting of 26 photographs printed onto thin stone and framed with timber, will be displayed at Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy from Thursday February 4 until Thursday February 16. Before the exhibition, a book launch for the full colour book created from the photographs will be held on Friday February 3, from 6-8pm.