Wearable Art

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    • One of Dextras's previous works. She will create three original wearable sculptures for BBG's Spring Gala and After Party.One of Dextras's previous works. She will create three original wearable sculptures for BBG's Spring Gala and After Party.
    • Sketches and materials for the wearable botanical sculptures Dextras is creating for BBG's Spring Gala and After Party. Photo by April Greene.Sketches and materials for the wearable botanical sculptures Dextras is creating for BBG's Spring Gala and After Party. Photo by April Greene.
    • In progress: one of the wearable botanical sculptures that will be unveiled at the Spring Gala and featured at After Party. Photo by April Greene.In progress: one of the wearable botanical sculptures that will be unveiled at the Spring Gala and featured at After Party. Photo by April Greene.
    • Dextras selects materials for the pieces she is creating for the Spring Gala and featured at After Party. Photo by April Greene.Dextras selects materials for the pieces she is creating for the Spring Gala and featured at After Party. Photo by April Greene.
    • Artist Nicole Dextras in the midst of creating one of three original pieces, which will be unveiled at the Spring Gala and featured at After Party. Photo by April Greene.Artist Nicole Dextras in the midst of creating one of three original pieces, which will be unveiled at the Spring Gala and featured at After Party. Photo by April Greene.
    • Artist Nicole Dextras assembles the bodice of one her pieces for BBG's Spring Gala and After Party. Photo by April Greene.Artist Nicole Dextras assembles the bodice of one her pieces for BBG's Spring Gala and After Party. Photo by April Greene.
    • Dextras's works for BBG's Spring Gala and After Party incorporate live moss and other botanical elements, which she mists to keep fresh. Photo by April Greene.Dextras's works for BBG's Spring Gala and After Party incorporate live moss and other botanical elements, which she mists to keep fresh. Photo by April Greene.
    • Dextras hand-sews live moss to a piece of the underlying dress. Photo by April Greene.Dextras hand-sews live moss to a piece of the underlying dress. Photo by April Greene.
    • A pre-event fitting. Photo by April Greene.A pre-event fitting. Photo by April Greene.
    • With flowers in place, Dextras makes further adjustments. Photo by April Greene.With flowers in place, Dextras makes further adjustments. Photo by April Greene.
    What kind of art would Andy Goldsworthy make if he were a woman? That’s a question environmental artist Nicole Dextras asked herself one day while searching for inspiration for her next project. Her answer: plant-based sculptures that are wearable and even wonderfully stylish. Dextras has created a series of seven such pieces and is now hard at work making three more for BBG’s Spring Gala and After Party. To make each one, she begins with a fabric base and then, over the course of several days, carefully layers and sews on botanical elements such as live moss, leaves, grasses, roses, and hydrangeas. To keep them fresh, Dextras constantly employs her mister. To further avoid premature wilting “we’ll refrigerate them overnight—right along with the carrots,” she says. The resulting creations will be modeled at Tuesday’s celebrations. Stay tuned for more photos, or, better yet, come see for yourself. A limited number of After Party tickets are still available!

    Comments

    May 26, 2013
    Karin Stanley

    How fabulous this is! How on earth did I miss it….really worth sharing around again to see this beautiful work.



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