Sally’s work

Photographs from the film by Andy and Sharon Brooks

Swimming in a wedding dress made from J-cloths

I have been working on a series of playful performances over the last few months and intend to share these with you one at a time! This first piece is a collaborative film made with fellow artists Janet Sewell and Andy and Sharon Brooks. A hundred J-cloths were sewn together by Janet, with great difficulty because the material slips under the sewing machine needle, and the pieces of the dress were cut from a wedding dress pattern. The dress had a 3-metre train and a tiny pearl button at the neck. Accompanied by my husband I swam in the dress in a local quarry and was filmed doing this by Andy Brooks, using a 360-degree camera. I felt incredibly stupid walking into the water and whilst swimming but was determined to push past the feelings of embarrassment and see where this art act led. I was interested in seeing the way the dish cloth material would move underwater in a large space and to question what it would be like for a dishcloth to experience the glamour of being made into a wedding dress and then soaking and floating in a 25-metre-deep quarry instead of its usual and expected habitat of a washing up bowl.

Previous Work

The Tall Stories

The chairs are 9ft tall and very difficult to get onto. The story boards that accompany the chairs are also 9ft tall.

Ice post card