"Kozue" (means branches in Japanese)When Donna Dowless invited me to participate in her group exhibit Dresses she shared with me the story of how the phenomenal series of Dresses exhibits she produces and creates artwork for came to be inspired. A friend responded to one of Donna's dress pieces sharing this story of "The Hundred Dresses". Written in 1944 - by Eleanor Estes, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin this book has amazing relevance to the tragic flux of bullying that we are faced with today.
Here is an insightful Review
Every child at one time or another has been teased or mocked by other children, particularly in public schools. Those of us who have witnessed it, suffered it, or may have even done it, will remember the experience as painful, humiliating, and regrettable. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes is one of the best books I've ever read that deals with this damaging behavior.
Poor Wanda has no friends at school. She sits quietly in the back of the room, wearing the same blue dress every day. When another girl comes to school wearing a beautiful, new dress, Wanda proudly tells all the girls she really has a hundred dresses at home, lined up in her closet. Not a day goes by when the girls don't tease her and ask her about those "supposed" dresses.
Wanda ends up moving away, while the other kids learn the surprising truth about the hundred dresses. This book is simply written, and truly unforgettable. It will put young readers in every one's shoes, from Wanda, to the girls who've done the teasing. This book is a good one to use to teach compassion and empathy to young children.
So yes it's a stunning exhibit that opens tonight -
more than a fashion statement - objects of art - with depths of heart
and on all levels I am honored to be a part of it.
See you there!