Recycled Cemetery Flower Dresses

Jan 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Recycled Cemetery Flower DressesNow here’s a cool use of spent silk flowers from the cemetery: high fashion! These images were part of an Art in Stiches blog post by Susan Lenz, creative fiber artist.

In 2010, she participated in a fashion show of recycled garments. Her entry was a dress created from recycled silk flowers and leaves from local cemeteries.

She did NOT take flowers from graves, she rescued discarded arrangements from dumpsters and trash cans. (And there are plenty of cemeteries that clear out flower arrangements on a regular basis – see my January 21 post.)

Leaf DressShe made a dress to wear to the fashion show of green flowers and leaves (see photo to the right and close up below). It was, after all a show to highlight being green, so why not?

All the leaves and flowers were taken apart and thoroughly washed. She had used them at a solo show in other artwork. Susan Lenz documents the process of putting the dresses together at her blog.

Leaf Dress Close Up

A Good Goodbye