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Phaedra, 2015

Soluble fabric, cellophane, horsehair and iron.

The dress at the beginning of the performance, standing 15ft tall on a revolving stage.

Happy Days Festival, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Mezzo Soprano: Ruby Philogene

Director: Sophie Hunter

Phaedra, 2015

Soluble fabric, cellophane, horsehair and iron.

The dress at the end of the performance, having been slowly dissolved over the course of the operatic recital.

Happy Days Festival, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Mezzo Soprano: Ruby Philogene

Director: Sophie Hunter

Lacrimosa I, 2010



Documented underwater performance on Guernsey coast.

Sponsored by the Guernsey Arts Commission



Inspired by a movement from Mozart’s Requiem; literally meaning ‘weeping’ in Latin this piece draws inspiration from the rich textile culture of Guernsey in particular the regional specificities of the traditional ‘Gansey’ or fisherman’s jumper.

The performance attempts to illustrate a transitory and transitional state between life and death, hinting at the memories of the many sailors drowned at sea in the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred in the waters surrounding Guernsey.



The dress itself was knitted out of 30,000 meters of 2lb and 4lb fishing line fashioned to a traditional Gansey design with an extended skirt. The ten minute performance saw both dress and performer locked in a cyclical battle; the weighted dress pulling down preventing Kirstie from reaching the surface.



Lacrimosa II, 2010



Documented underwater performance on Guernsey coast.

Sponsored by the Guernsey Arts Commission



Inspired by a movement from Mozart’s Requiem; literally meaning ‘weeping’ in Latin this piece draws inspiration from the rich textile culture of Guernsey in particular the regional specificities of the traditional ‘Gansey’ or fisherman’s jumper.

The performance attempts to illustrate a transitory and transitional state between life and death, hinting at the memories of the many sailors drowned at sea in the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred in the waters surrounding Guernsey.



The dress itself was knitted out of 30,000 meters of 2lb and 4lb fishing line fashioned to a traditional Gansey design with an extended skirt. The ten minute performance saw both dress and performer locked in a cyclical battle; the weighted dress pulling down preventing Kirstie from reaching the surface.



Lacrimosa III, 2010



Documented underwater performance on Guernsey coast.

Sponsored by the Guernsey Arts Commission



Inspired by a movement from Mozart’s Requiem; literally meaning ‘weeping’ in Latin this piece draws inspiration from the rich textile culture of Guernsey in particular the regional specificities of the traditional ‘Gansey’ or fisherman’s jumper.

The performance attempts to illustrate a transitory and transitional state between life and death, hinting at the memories of the many sailors drowned at sea in the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred in the waters surrounding Guernsey.



The dress itself was knitted out of 30,000 meters of 2lb and 4lb fishing line fashioned to a traditional Gansey design with an extended skirt. The ten minute performance saw both dress and performer locked in a cyclical battle; the weighted dress pulling down preventing Kirstie from reaching the surface.



Emelan, 2009 (Image Art Dubai)

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,


Enwrought with golden and silver light,


The blue and the dim and the dark cloths


Of night and light and the half light,


I would spread the cloths under your feet:


But I, being poor, have only my dreams


I have spread my dreams under your feet;


Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.





WB Yeats: Cloths of Heaven



A dreaming dress that articulates the inner emotions of a sleeping performer. A skirt, enlarged to gigantic proportions, fills and overflows the space into the surrounding area.


Emelan, 2009 (Image Philips de Pury)

Durational Performance

Chatelaine Costume 2010

Certoza Arts Festival, Capri, Italy.

A bespoke dress for a performance conceived by Jonathan Levi, which entered around a collection of keys created over a 10 year period by artist Elma Mckay; the dress was worn by a Chatelaine; a keeper of these keys.

The costume was created using 130m of silk dupion in varying shades of turquoise and blues; mirroring the Amalfi coastline outside. A fitted boned corset with 'seashell' pleated bodice sat the centre of a huge 20m diameter skirt.

Bijou, 2008

Animated film

A little black dress unravels and nails itself to the floor; trapping the performer inside.

Performer: Gabrielle Keyzar

Sound Design: Tom Sedgwick

Aislin, 2008

Cotton, linen and silk dress sewn with grass seed and grown in the garden

Photographer: Igor Tolstoy

Performer: Gabrielle Keyzar