The current issue of FiberArts magazine (January/February 2009) includes an article about Jon Coffelt’s Memory Clothing that tugged at my grieving heart. Coffelt, an abstract painter and clothing designer, began making the miniature replica garments from full sized clothing in 1993 when his partner’s favorite shirt was badly stained.
He couldn’t bear to throw it out, and instead cut pieces from the shirt and recreated it in miniature. That initial shirt has spun into a much larger project and now Coffelt creates miniature clothing for others – each garment hand sewn from articles of clothing that hold special meaning for his customers.
From the article:
I have made well over 350 miniatures from other people’s special garments – a long outgrown Girl Scout uniform, a lucky golf shirt, and the beloved clothes of spouses, partners and siblings.
From his artist statement:
My work involves the idea of chaos from order and order from chaos through historical and personal context.
The article features a pictorial step by step that shows how Coffelt creates a miniature. The concept is compelling, the artist’s sensitivity uplifting and the garments – as beautifully detailed as the memories themselves.