The Project: Part two

You can read more about the background story & inspiration behind this series in my blog post.

I started this project in 2016 but now, in 2018, I’m returning and starting work on part two which will consist of seven vintage baby dresses and an additional two pairs of shoes – well that’s currently the plan but things often play out in different directions.

Each dress will tell one woman’s personal story – or man’s (I’m also very interested to hear about fathers’ ¬†experiences of postnatal depression). On the front of each I will stitch the words that are generally presented to the outside world – we all know them – ‘I’m fine’, ‘I’m just tired’, ‘yes we’re good’! On the back of the dress we hide the real story, the one that’s not often told.

I was so touched when I listened to the original stories at the lengths women would go to hide their real feelings even from the people closest to them, let alone health professionals and the outside world in general. The relief they felt when they did open up and discover that so many other women felt exactly the same way. This whole issue is now magnified a hundred times over as we are bombarded with images of the ‘perfect family’ over social media.

Collecting Stories

I’m now looking for seven stories to tell on my seven dresses – I already have one, so I’m collecting six more. If anyone has experienced postnatal depression and feel they would like to share their story then I would feel really honoured to hear from them. I would be looking for around two A4 pages of handwritten notes but I’ll explain more if anyone would like to get in touch – just drop me an email.

 

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