RE: Dhekelia Lauren Lennon
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Museum Inspiration: For this Exhibition, the aim was to create a piece of work in response to Stroud Museum in the Park's collection. I love history but my favourite is the Victorian Era. The museum has a lot of items from all different parts of Victorian life, which was so interesting to see and fun to learn about! I especially loved all the clothes and accessories, and being able to see up close the decorative techniques they used then. I also loved the tiny ornate sewing equipment, the Christmas cards and the big photo wall which showed pictures from the past to modern day! I also noticed the museum had a lot of dolls. I collect dolls so found this really fun and interesting too.
Seeing these items and using the new information I had learnt, I was inspired to create a Victorian outfit for a doll and display it with a model house. I learnt that for most of the 1700s and 1800s, children and their dolls were usually dressed in miniature versions of adult clothing, so I created my outfit in the style of what would be worn by a Middle Class lady. I also learnt that until the invention of the sewing machine, and sometimes still after, everything was sewn by hand – including all the decorations! This inspired me to sew my whole outfit by hand, which includes a bonnet, dress and shoes. Just like in the 1800s, I decorated my outfit with embroidery, sequins, pleats, buttons, ribbon and lace with floral fabric. I researched Victorian hairstyles and, as my outfit is inspired by the whole Victorian era, I chose one in the mid-1800s and styled the doll's hair to match; hair pinned up at the back in the bonnet with ringlets on show at the front.
For the house, I wanted to show the kind of place a Middle Class lady would live while also linking to dolls and dolls houses. I've visited a few museums and have seen some real Victorian models with a little hole to look through, and this inspired me to make my model house interactive! Look through the windows and see what's inside!...