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Never A Dull Moment

Attachment Costume Project

Severance

Posted on 04 Dec 2014 in Art Work, Attachment Costume Project | 0 comments

I was thrilled that this photo was Tweeted from the recent art exhibition held at Family Futures in London UK. Curated by the excellent Open Nest Charity, who are campaigning for increased post adoption support, it featured work from adopters, adoptees and those around them moved to express the profound issues surrounding this topic. I had  donated this piece from my costume project to raise awareness of Attachment Disorder.   The figure is suspended by a single thread and drifts earily in the wake of passers by. The mask catches the movement and swings independently. I love that the child sitting on the floor is scrutinising the figure in front […]

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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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