All of the dresses I make have a name. Because they are not anonymous. Because instead of looking at a dress as a thing, I try to create a relationship with it. The name of my latest Muy Marcottage dress is “Quiddity”.
Quiddity, in philosophy, is the whatness of an object, its inherent nature or essence. Otherwise, quiddity refers to a distinct feature or a quirk, an idiosyncrasy.
A dress is a category but my dresses are specifics. They help to define me. They are an extension of my personal quiddity because I interrelate with myself when I chose the clothes I wear.
The body and its clothing live in symbiosis. At least temporarily. There is an intimacy we have with our clothes that we have with nothing or no one else. Because our clothes cling to us and touch our skin. They are there omnipresent and participate in our every move. Our clothes know our secrets. Our clothes are well aware of our quiddity.
The dress “Quiddity” represents, in terms of Muy Marcottage, a union between past and present. The top half was made during my early experimental attempts at remaking secondhand clothes. I was dissecting all the old clothes I could find and sewing parts together almost as if I were making a collage. Not happy with the results, I cut the top off from whatever it was attached to at the time and abandoned it. Then this summer my friend Lyn and I began meeting regularly, initially, to paint together. But somehow we drifted towards clothes. Lyn had given me a dress made from a stretchy ethnic looking fabric and, anxious to play, I got out my chopped up fabric stash and came across the abandoned top. It was in no way similar in style to Lyn’s dress but I sewed the two different realities together and then cried Eureka!
Incongruency sometimes is just an attitude or lack of imagination.