Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
I was recently invited to rural Catalonia as part of an international fibre festival in Mas De Barberans. A fantastic event, and wonderful to be able to work with many international basket makers and artists on a collaborative project.
But what caught my eye were the women seen early in the morning with their baskets heading to the bakery, wearing brightly coloured floral dresses, later seen sharing gossip in the local shops and in the narrow streets. These garments were house-dresses. I purchased these 5 dresses, all made from polyester, at a market in Vilanova on my last day in Catalonia.
These dresses may be the beginings of new artwork.
If you have any memories of house dresses or wrap aprons worn where you live, have them stashed in your cupboards, or are a fan of wearing them now, do get in touch so I can share them with everyone on the blog. I may incorporate the information gathered into an artists book.