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This is an altered vest I made to commemorate the death of my Alaskan Malamute bitch Dottie. Using a purchased vest I stripped off the buttons and stitched crossing thread paths of varigated thread. These thread paths encircle the vest and connect the images of Dottie. The placement of the patches and thread paths all symbolize for me some portion of the grieving process and the heart connection I felt with Dottie in my life.

For the images of Dottie I selected some of my favorite life drawings of her from my Daily Dots drawing project. Using photocopies of these drawings I created Print Gocco screens. The images were then printed with black fabric ink on cotton. I hand dyed the cotton before printing, to match my thread choice.

The printed image patches and color patches were then machine sewn onto the vest with frayed edges exposed. Finally I added antique buttons which also match the color scheme.

Rice Freeman-Zachery included this vest in her book "New Techniques for Wearable Art: Creative Ideas for Transforming Clothes and Accessories." (Quarry Books, 2004) For a "how-to" look at the construction of this vest please read this excellent book. The book is packed with painting and embellishing techniques that will guarantee you make a statement with your wardrobe.

See a detail of the front of the vest.

See a detail of the back of the vest.

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