Despite releasing many albums, Kate Bush has not toured since 1979. Last month she took to the stage with her new show – Before the Dawn , a 22-night residency from 26 August – 1 October 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. I was fourteen when the first Kate Bush single – Wuthering Heights, was released in1978. With her individual voice, visual performance and style she soon become and remains one of my favourite performers.
Like Kate Bush, the novel Wuthering Heights and the fairy tale The Red Shoes (Kate Bush’s first single, single was Wuthering Heights and in 1993 she released the album The Red Shoes), have inspired some of my art dresses and art assemblges. So, when she started her new stage show I decided to look back at some of her work and see if I could draw some inspiration directly from her work.
Kate Bush released her last album in 2011, entitled 50 Words for Snow ; it consists of seven songs “set against a backdrop of falling snow”. As I love snow and I love words, especially new ones or those that have been made up,finding out that the Eskimos have 50 different words for snow (I’ve since found out this may not be entirely true) was very exciting. Having listened to the title track “50 Words for Snow”, in which the 50 words are recited by Stephen Fry (English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist) I set out to create a set of art dresses to represent snowflakes, each hand embroidered with one of the 50 words for snow.
Creating 50 individual art dresses is quite a challenge; to make each art dress as individual as a snowflake when seen up close but, when observed from a distance, appear to be the same as all the other snowflakes. So far I have five little art dresses – Sliperella, Vanishing World, Swans-A-Melting, Eiderfalls and Vanilla Swarm.
Keep watching I may have more soon…