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Sunday’s Child – Neglect Bootees, Aged12

Posted on 09 Nov 2014 in Attachment Costume Project | 0 comments

Number seven in the Adoption Week 2014 Series exploring Attachment Disorder by way of costume. I made these following an inspiring workshop on Play Therapy. I had learned that it is never too late to give a disturbed young person back their childhood by allowing them to regress to their baby days. Important bonding can occur when they are allowed to be treated as a much younger child. The rocking motion that comes naturally to most parents is an important mechanism for physically connecting the neurons in a baby’s brain. Without this the child can become hard wired into an emotional void. The child can grow up simply unable to […]

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Saturday’s Child – Invisible

Posted on 08 Nov 2014 in Attachment Costume Project, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Number six in the Adoption Week Series exploring Attachment Disorder by way of Costume…. The shame of being in care is for some children unbearable. They can feel worthless and incompetent. Not seemingly to fit in with various Foster Carers, Adopters, Schools or Care Homes, they simply want to disappear. I chose an uncomfortable fabric that matched the mannequin’s colouring in order to make her ‘Invisible’. Arms and legs are restricted, as the child feels incapable, suppressed and unable to escape their situation, in spite of the best efforts of Social Care, Foster Carers and Adopters.

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Friday’s Child – Ruler

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 in Attachment Costume Project, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Number five in the Adoption Week Series of exploring Attachment Disorder by way of Costume… Inspired by The Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, by Isaac Oliver, this costume is all about the domestic violence that can be witnessed at an early age. Heavily symbolic, the child is bubble wrapped into a historic form and uses found objects in an attempt to preserve their dignity. The headdress represents the effects of trauma and neglect on a young, developing brain. When a child is subject to trauma and neglect, the neurons fail to connect effectively, and this can lead to an emotional and behavioural  deficit. The eyes and ears drawn onto […]

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Thursday’s Child – Ruled Out

Posted on 06 Nov 2014 in Attachment Costume Project, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Number four in the Adoption Week Series of exploring Attachment Disorder by way of Costume… Ruled Out, was inspired by countless trips to school to try to explain that children who have suffered trauma and neglect, simply do not operate on the same level as their peers. Sometimes, to actually make it through the school gate is an achievement. These children are quickly labelled through their challenging behaviour that is rooted in fear. When a child is locked into a permanent survival mode, their capacity to learn by conventional methods is diminished.   Using found school dresses, I embedded extra  sleeves to create the topsy-turvy world of confusion that can […]

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Wednesday’s Child – We Have Contact (See You In A Jiffy)

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 in Attachment Costume Project, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Number three in the Adoption Week Series of exploring Attachment Disorder by way of Costume. The use of bubble wrap and packaging was employed here to create armour against the effects of contact with elements of the past. Found objects such as oven gloves and a fencing helmet illustrate the incredible resourcefulness needed to navigate this complex issue. Contact between Birth Families and children adopted or in care can be a minefield. Open adoption is encouraged, but all too often, the reality is not enough support for all parties. Visits or letterbox contact can be sporadic at best or badly managed, allowing disclosure of the child’s whereabouts which could put […]

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Tuesday’s Child – I Scream

Posted on 04 Nov 2014 in Attachment Costume Project, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Number two in the Adoption Week Series of exploring Attachment Disorder by way of costume…   This is an embroidery on fabric transfer inspired by the sabotage that can occur when things are going well. A child that has spent their early years in a state of chaos and uncertainty simply cannot trust that things can go well, and can sabotage events in order to prove this. The dress is divided into two parts to illustrate the Psychological Splitting that works as a defence mechanism. One side is a pristine linen smock, and the other dirty, with a teardrop collar and exaggerated pockets to facilitate the hoarding that can feature […]

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