FIRSTBORN - detail


FIRSTBORN (2004) 1mx1mx1m

This is a textile installation of five items of clothing used by my newborn son. He was born one week after my fiftieth birthday; my first, last and only child.

The items of clothing are ordinary things - singlet, nightgown, pilchers, booties, and bib. These garments have been transformed from the practical into the symbolic.

First Born is a statement of the beauty and preciousness of the small child who wore them.

Cotton and synthetic textiles, the garments are hand-embroidered with cotton, silk rayon and Lurex threads, beads, pearls and sequins. They are suspended on glass rods, at differing heights.