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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 the cape indicate that children who have had this experience can be Hypervigilant which means a permanent state of anxiety, and the bracelets symbolise self harm, witnessed and inflicted.

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