Milliners & Man-Milliners
The concept of 'fitness' encapsulates the process of making a match between product and person. My research examines how this match was made, exploring both the physical process of fitting garments to the body, and the cultural significance of the fitness of garments for certain spaces, tasks, and societal roles.
The figure of the man-milliner was both reviled and ridiculed by eighteenth-century commentators. They were described as half-men, and considered untrustworthy. My work explores this stereotype, and the themes of gender, trust, and agency in this trade.
The process of shopping is a multi-sensory experience, requiring the building of a somatic memory which aids shoppers when browsing and making decisions. My work particularly focuses on the use of fabric samples in shopping correspondence as an extention of the browsing experience.
My work on fashion dissemination looks at how text, image, and object combined to communicated ideas about femininity, fitness, and fashion. I am particularly interested in the relationship between fashion and dolls, and the use of toys to enable the education of girls.
& Haptic Shopping
& Museum Display
I'm very interested in the representation of historic interiors, and how they can be used as exhibition spaces. My exhibitions at Fairfax House interwove the house's interior with the narrative of the displays. These exhibitions covered the themes of clocks and time, and of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fashion.
Objects are not static remnants of the past, but instead are physical indicators of generations of changing values. Garments are particularly susceptable to experiencing layers of alteration, telling stories of different owners and purposes.
I have also participated in a number of reenactment and experimental archaeology intiatives. This has included a prize winning entry to the Vitae Public Engagement comptetion. I am interested in how it feels to wear garments, and how they alter and enhance sensory experience.
I have worked on garment reproduction for over ten years, particularly focusing on processes of production. I have worked with textile mills to develop authentic materials, and have made garments from the sixteenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.