Getting Dressed

textile designs, 1987,silk

I have a few embroidered coats I wear

To bridge the gap

Between the disabled world

And the other one..

These coats are power tools for me.

Each time I wear one

Without a doubt

Some person will see the coat before they see my walker and leg brace

And tell me how beautiful it is.

It IS beautiful…

But the beauty of it for me

Lies in it’s inherent bridging quality.

It helps me feel less isolated,

Less weak

And more engaged with the party…

Here are some people

Who practice the ‘MEDICINE OF ADORNMENT’

As a testament to their relationship



3 Responses to “Getting Dressed”

  1. gerry harty on April 20th, 2011

    whoa cathy…I loved this…incredible images!!!…Happy Easter…xoxo

  2. Laura Hegfield on April 21st, 2011

    beautiful images Cathy…and it is interesting…in some ways my appearance when I leave the house is more important than ever to me…the way I dress says: “look at me I can still dress well, look well made up, hair coiffed…being in a wheelchair or using my walker doesn’t diminish my ability to shine in the world!”…but sometimes I regret it…because then everyone says “YOU look great!” and then I start “acting” like I feel great and I expend way more energy than I have trying to fit the mold I created. It is interesting…

  3. Carol S on April 24th, 2011

    Whoa, what a connection you made. I’ve never seen this kind of tribe and people. What an amazing culture. The embroidered coat is a clever way to stay connected. Happy Easter.

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