Paper Sculpture

These 3d historic fashion sculptures in 1/2 and 1/8 scale are made primarily from books, maps, photos and some paper currency.  The pieces are arranged according to the show they were created for. All pieces not sold are available for purchase. Please contact the site for shipping estimates, local free delivery available.

 

All photos courtesy of Susan Wolfe. shirkwolfe.myportfolio.com/

A VIEW FROM HERE

Lincoln Art Center

Lincoln, KS 2022

Sonja's Skates

This winter skating coat is made from USGS topo maps of Kansas. The skates are from cardboard and ribbon and the fur is made from finely cut tissue paper

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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Lincoln Art Center

Lincoln, KS 2022

Field of Dreams

Dorothy's dress is made of USGS topo maps of Kansas and her blouse is made from pages of the Wizard of Oz. The dress also features handmade poppies, gold leaf, embroidered edges and vintage buttons.

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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Lincoln Art Center

Lincoln, KS 2022

London Interbellum

Made with maps of London, Wales, and Scotland. The trim is made with hundreds of sequins and embroidery on handmade paper. Paper rosettes and ribbon complete the piece which was designed as an homage to the fashion between the two great wars.

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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Lincoln Art Center

Lincoln, KS 2022

Kansas Pioneer

This 19th Century dress is made with USGS topo maps of Kansas, road atlas maps, pages from the 1883 History of Kansas, paper lace, embroidery and velvet ribbon. The bustle features three life sized paper and embroidery sunflowers.

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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Lincoln Art Center

Lincoln, KS 2022

Dorothia's Butterflies

This sassy sleeveless number was made with Kansas topo maps, handmade paper, print ephemera, and paper butterflies

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A VIEW FROM HERE

Lincoln Art Center

Lincoln, KS 2022

Marie a vivanier

This Robe a l'Anglaise was made from notated and embroidered musical pages from the Daughter of the Regiment opera. Painted, stitched and covered with song birds, this piece includes paper lace ruffles and satin ribbon rosettes over the entire surface.

$500

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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DANCE FOR A SMALL PLANET

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs, NM 2022

A Beehive in my Heart

This three foot tall paper dress is decorated with traditional Ukranian Pysanky designs and has a paper behive floating among the stars in the torso. Inspired by the poem: Last Night as I lay Sleeping by Antonio Machado.  Small lights illuminate the Hubble Telescope images on the inside of the dress.

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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DANCE FOR A SMALL PLANET

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs, NM 2022

Who makes these changes?

This three foot tall paper dress is fashioned as a historic Nomadic Ukranian.  The dress, skirt and blouse are made from the Ukraninan National Anthem sheet music.  The piece was inspired by the poem: Who makes these changes? by Jalal al-Din Rumi.  The beads are made of rolled paper, the "fur" is cut tissue paper and the bow is made of cardboard and ribbon.

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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DANCE FOR A SMALL PLANET

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs, NM 2022

The cool light of the moon

This three foot tall paper dress is made of hundreds of full moon images. Snippets of moon poems peek out on the ribbons. The back bustle is made of handmade silver paper.

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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DANCE FOR A SMALL PLANET

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs, NM 2022

32E Merci

Doll-sized dress made of Paris street maps, embroidery, velvet ribbon and a memorable receipt for two bottles of wine.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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DANCE FOR A SMALL PLANET

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs, NM 2022

Cafe de Floret

Doll-sized dress made of Paris street maps, velvet ribbon, Bakelite button and vintage cafe photographs.

$120

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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DANCE FOR A SMALL PLANET

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs, NM 2022

Samedi apres midi

Doll-sized dress made of Paris street maps, paper lace and vintage Paris street scene photographs.

$120

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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DANCE FOR A SMALL PLANET

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs, NM 2022

Between the Alps

Doll-sized dress made of a vintage Paris street scene photograph, embroidery, French maps and organza ribbon.

$120

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Jemez Hummingbird

This 3 foot tall dress was made from stenciled maps of New Mexico, maps of the ocean, ribbon and a metal fencing armature.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Space Crow

This 3 foot tall dress with a cape was made of embroidered rocket ship imagery, crow brads and feathers made from Hubble Telescope images. The cape clasp is made from a Bakelite buckle and costume jewelry

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Interbellum Butterfly

This 3 foot tall dress with adjustable butterfly accessories was made with sheet music, dictionary pages, beads, wire and a metal fencing armature.

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Horsewoman of the Apocalypse; War

This four foot tall dress with adjustable wings is made from prop and foreign currency. It is decoreated with historic weapons and maps of historic battle fields.  red threads adorn every surface, indicating the bloodshed of war.

$400

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Summer Clouds

Child-sized dress made with embroidered maps of New Mexico

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Robis on the Mesa

Child-sized dress made with embroidered maps of New Mexico. Appliqued robins and vintage buttons complete the dress.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Elsie Loves the Bodhi

Child-sized dress made with embroidered and painted maps of New Mexico. Donated to the 2021 Bodhi Manda Zen Center benefit auction.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

My Heart Belongs in the Jemez

Child-sized dress made with embroidered maps of New Mexico. Trimmed with ribbon and embossed wax paper. Donated to the 2022 New Mexico Library Foundation benefit fundraiser.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Elsie loves the Library

Child-sized dress made with embroidered maps of New Mexico. Trimmed with paper skeletons in organza skirts reading tiny books.  Donated to the Jemez Springs Public Library 2022 fundraising raffle.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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WORDS WITH WINGS

Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery

Jemez Springs NM, 2021

Walking in the Valley

Child-sized dress made with embroidered maps of New Mexico. 

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Ruth's Recollections

This child-sized dress made from the play script pages of Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, gouache, glitter, and jewels.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Roxanne's Decision

Delicately painted and embroidered child-sized dress made from the play script pages of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Terry Stands Up

Child-sized overalls made with play script pages from On the Waterfront by Budd Schulberg. Decorated with embroidery, hand painted decorations and photographic stills from the movie.

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Torvald's World

Child-sized jacket with a gouache painted and embroidered plaid made from pages of A Doll's House by Henrick Ibsen.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Pop Seeks Justice

Child-sized overalls made with gouache painted and embroidered play script pages from On the Waterfront by Budd Schulberg.

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Nora Decides

Child-sized jacket decorated with embroidery and delicate pointilist dots. Made from gouache painted play script pages of A Doll's House by Henrick Ibsen.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Natasha Takes Charge

Child-sized cape made with the play script pages of the Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. The cape has been painted in gouache with a herringbone pattern and trimmed with tissue paper "fur".

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Lyuba = Love

Child-sized cape made with the play script pages of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. The pattern has been painted on with gouache and black and white inks. The hem and collars have been extensively embroidered. The pom poms are made with tissue paper.

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Violetta Shines Bright

Child-sized cape made with the play script pages of the opera La Traviata by Verdi. Decorated with embroidery, feathers and handmade tassles.

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Beatrice's Sprezzatura

Child-sized winter coat and mittens made with play script pages of Much Ado about Nothing by Shakespeare. Decorated with embroidery and gouache patterns.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Ivan's Farce

Child-sized overalls made with play script pages of The Inspector General by Nikolai Gogot.  Decorated with stamps, embroidery and copic markers.

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Flora's Full Moon

Child-sized dress made with play script pages of La Traviata by Verdi. Decorated with gouache, paper lace and satin and grossgrain ribbon

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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COLLECTED STORIES

Theatre Lawrence

Lawrence, KS 2022 

Cleopatra Remembers

Child-sized double cape made with play script pages of Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw. Decorated with gouache, embroidery and sewing pattern paper fringe.

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Clarina Makes Way for Justice 

Doll-sized dress made from aeronautical maps of Kansas, embroidery and beads.

Clarina Nichols first gained national recognition in the early 1850s for her newspaper editorials supporting women’s rights and the abolitionist party in the Kansas Territory. She traveled throughout the progressive territory giving lectures and gathering signatures on petitions, which motivated delegates to the Wyandotte constitutional convention in 1859 to ask her to address the all-male assembly.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Eva Sings

Doll-sized dress made from maps of Kansas City, embroidery, velvet ribbon, embossed waxed paper and song birds.

Named for: Eva Jessye (1895-1992) was born in Coffeyville, KS and earned international praise as a choral director. Jessye is known as "the grand dame of Black music in America," and was the choral trainer for George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. She also marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Hattie in the Spring

Child-sized dress made from embroidered maps of Kansas.

Named for: Hattie Anderson Elliott, one of the founders of Lawrence and wife to Robert Gaston Elliott, publisher of the Kansas Free State paper. Strong abolitionists, they helped Kansas transition from territory to state.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Butterfly Annie

Child-sized dress made from embroidered and gouache-painted maps of Kansas.

Annie LaPorte Diggs was a Kansas poet, author, newspaperwoman, temperance worker and Populist advocate.  Diggs wrote articles for several newspapers, including the Topeka Commonwealth, the Lawrence Journal, and the Westminster Review, a British publication.  Over a 20 year period she lectured extensively on the People's Party, prohibition, and women’s suffrage in nearly every state in the union.  Diggs also served as Kansas State Librarian from 1898 to 1902.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Springtime for Annie

Child-sized dress made from embroidered, illustrated and gouache-painted maps of Kansas.  This dress is also decorated with beads and organza ribbon.

Langston Hughes was raised mainly in Lawrence, Kansas, by his maternal grandmother, Mary Patterson Langston. Through the black American oral tradition and drawing from the activist experiences of her generation, Mary Langston instilled in her grandson a lasting sense of racial pride.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Travels with Susan

Child-sized dress made from embroidered maps of Kansas.  

Susan Shelby Magoffin was Only 18 years old when she traveled the Santa Fe Trail in 1846, she was one of the first American women to travel the trail and she also kept one of the most detailed journals of daily experience on the trail. Magoffin is remarkable both for traveling the difficult journey and for the journal she kept. Her journal is a valuable resource for information along the trail. Unlike many male accounts, she takes note of domestic issues and offers insight as to what women’s lives were like during the expansion period. Magoffin’s reports of the prairie and its creatures offer information about Kansas prior to white settlement.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Sara's Birthday

Child-sized dress made from embroidered and beaded maps of Kansas.  

Sara T. L. Robinson was a US writer and historian. She served as the inaugural First Lady of Kansas and is most notable for her book, Kansas: its interior and exterior life; including a full view of its settlement, political history, social life, climate soil, productions, scenery, etc. (1856) during which time, her house was plundered and burned. The book was considered "epoch making" for its time.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Meg Gives

Child-sized dress made from embroidered and beaded maps of Kansas.  The dress is trimmed with gouache painted paper lace.

Although the Ladybird Diner closed March 14, 2020, Meg Heriford and a small number of staff haven’t stopped working ever since. The Ladybird has offered free bagged lunches for anyone who needs them throughout this long year+. Heriford writes about her pandemic efforts and much more in Ladybird, Collected, a book of essays released last fall. Purchase a copy from Lawrence’s Raven Book Store and 100 percent of proceeds go to the diner’s community meal program, with each book purchase funding four meals.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Midwestern Childhood

Child-sized dress made from embroidered and painted maps of Kansas.  The center panel is smocked.

This smocked dress made with maps of Kansas was made to benefit to the Lawrence Percolator arts space. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Percolator

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Lucinda Leads the Way

Doll-sized dress made from embroidered and crocheted maps of Kansas.  The dress is trimmed with organza  lace.

Forced to give up her teaching career because she married, Lucinda Todd turned her focus toward advocacy, serving as the secretary of the Topeka Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) beginning in 1948.  Todd fought to advance educational opportunities for African American students and played a key role in the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit, which resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down school segregation.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Mamie Teaches Us

Child-sized dress made from embroidered maps of Old West Lawrence Kansas.  The dress is trimmed with lace.

Lawrence native born in 1874, throughout her career Mary J. “Mamie” Dillard was an African American educator, clubwoman and suffragist who was involved in promoting rights and votes for women and civil rights and leadership for African Americans. She taught and encouraged a young Langston Hughes and continued to support him in his career. She remained active throughout her life in numerous women’s organizations that focused on leadership, suffrage, and literature.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Lucy's Long Summer

Child-sized dress made from embroidered and gouache painted maps of Kansas.  The dress is trimmed with vintage ribbon and milliner flowers.

Lucy Hobbs Taylor was an American school teacher and a dentist, known for being the first woman to graduate from dental school in 1866. She moved with her husband to Lawrence in 1867 and trained him in the dental arts.  They had a successful practice and after her husband's death, Taylor became more active in politics, campaigning for greater women's rights. In her time as a dentist, Lucy Hobbs Taylor opened up brand new doors to many women in the future, especially the medical field doors. She believed that her journey was complete by "making it possible for women to be recognized in the dental profession on equal terms with men”.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Hanna's River

Child-sized dress made from embroidered and guoache painted maps of Kansas.

Increasingly interested in the abolitionist movement and the westward expansion, Hannah H. Ropes and her daughter moved to Lawrence Kansas in 1855. During this period she was increasingly politically active and well connected. She wrote a novel, Cranston House and also published Six Months in Kansas. Later she served as a nurse in the Civil War beside Louisa May Alcott.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Lutie's Rose Garden

Child-sized dress made from embroidered and gouache painted maps of Kansas.  This dress is trimmed with velvet ribbon and jewels.

Luie Lytle was the first African American to be admitted to the Kansas bar.  After attending college in Nashville, TN she returned to Topeka in 1897 to practice law.

"I conceived the idea of studying law in a printing office where I worked for years as a compositor," Lutie said during an interview 1897. "I read the newspaper exchanges a great deal and became impressed with the knowledge of the fact that my own people especially were the victims of legal ignorance. I resolved to fathom its depths and penetrate its mysteries and intricacies in hopes of being a benefit to my people."

$160

Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Nanon Puts on a PPlay

Child-sized die-cut maps of the ocean and maps of Kansas.

Nanon Lee Herren, born in Lawrence in 1879, was the only female instructor, out of 600, at Beaune University, an American University located south of Dijon, France. 

After the war, she had her own theater/studio in Topeka to give instruction in drama.  She created the Legal News, of which she was the initiator, owner and publisher.  She received first prize from Kansas Press Women for her play to promote the sale of war bonds. 

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Helen's Neighborhood

Doll-sized dress made of maps of Old West Lawrence, Kansas and trimmed with lace and milliner flowers

Helen Rhoda Hoopes was the first woman to edit the University Daily Kansan in 1914. After she received her master’s degree Hoopes taught English at KU until 1947.  During her time at KU Hoopes helped establish the Gamma Phi Beta sorority chapter, the KU Quill Club, Pi Lambda Theta–a national teacher’s honorary society, and Theta Sigma Phi–a women’s journalism society.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Kathryn Forges Ahead

Doll-sized dress made of maps of Kansas and oceanic currents. This dress is embroidered and trimmed with fringe.

Kathryn O’Loughlin McCarthy was the first woman from Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Born and raised in Hays, KS, Kathryn obtained her law degree from the University of Chicago and passed the Kansas bar in 1929.

During her campaign for Congress in 1932 she defeated eight men in the Democratic primary, traveled approximately 30,000 miles, and gave as many as 12 speeches per day.  As congresswoman, McCarthy was active in influencing New Deal agricultural policy.  O'Loughlin continued to help others after her political career ended. She paid tuition at Fort Hays State University and housed many low-income African American students. She also advocated for better treatment of women in the state's prisons.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Lucy's Lands

Child-sized dress made from embroidered maps of Kansas and soil survey maps.

Lucy Tayiah Eads was the first woman to serve as principal chief of the Kaw Nation, Lucy Tayiah Eads was born in 1888. Orphaned at 5, she and her brother were adopted by Chief Washungah. She later was trained as a nurse at Haskell Institute in Lawrence.  In November 1922 the people elected Eads the first female chief of the Kaw.

In 1924 Eads delivered a petition to the Commission of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., to reestablish the Kaw Agency. She was invited to the 1929 presidential inauguration for Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis, vice president from Kansas, and fellow Kaw.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Florella's Forest

Child-sized dress and pantaloons made from gouache painted maps of Kansas and dictionary pages.

Florella Brown Adair, was John Brown’s half-sister. With her pastor husband, she built the first congregational church of Osawatamie.  Her home was a station on the Underground Railroad and served as John Brown’s headquarters.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

A new home for Elizabeth

Child-sized dress made from embroidered maps of Kansas and aeronautical maps.

Elizabeth Evans Rivard was the first woman at KU’s  Architecture Department and in 1922 graduated with honors.

During her career, Evans specialized in moderately sized homes for first-time home buyers and young families.  She commissioned more than 200 buildings over the course of her career including ones from Mission Hills to Paseo Boulevard. Her work was featured in The Saturday Evening Post in 1924.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Esther Remembers

Doll-sized dress made of vintage maps of Lawrence Kansas. Embroidered and trimmed with velvet ribbon and doll buttons.

As a student at KU Esther M. Clark Hill

wrote for the Lawrence Journal.  In 1907 she wrote the acclaimed poem, "Call of Kansas.”  In addition to working for the Coffeyville Journal, other Kansas newspapers, and a St. Joseph newspaper, she worked in the extension department at the University of Kansas. Hill was a charter member of the Midland Authors club and she published three volumes of poetry during her life.  

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Carrie has faith

Child-sized dress made of embroidered maps of Kansas. 1970's image transfers from Landscape Architectural drawings applied to the skirt.

Carrie Langston Hughes wrote for the Atchison Blade advocating for woman’s suffrage and equal women’s rights in society.  In Lawrence, she was active in the Saint Luke A.M.E. Church and helped to organize the Inter-State Literary Association. She entered the University of Kansas in 1894 and was appointed deputy clerk of the Douglas County courthouse in 1895.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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A KANSAS CHILDHOOD

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS 2021

Rising with Mamie

Child-sized dress made of embroidered USGS topo maps of Kansas. Smocking, paper lace and photos of Kansas children for decoration.

Mamie L. Williams graduated with honors from Washburn University in 1915 as the only African American student.  Mamie taught and was Principal in the Topeka Public School system for 42 years and in 1956 traveled around the world with the National Education Association promoting educational values.  In 1965 she was appointed to the Kansas Commission on the Status of Women, served as a delegate to the 1971 White House Conference on Aging.

In 1996, the Williams Science and Fine Arts Elementary Magnet School, named in honor of Ms. Williams, opened its doors.

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1910 paper dress made from painted pages of a French language primer and french stamps.

ANNUAL ARTS AUCTION

Lawrence Arts Center
Lawrence Kansas 2019

MADEMOISELLE PRINTEMPS

Mademoiselle Printemps dress and coat are made from pages of a French language primer.  The lapels of the jacket is edged with French stamps.  This piece also includes a watch from Kathryn.  The skirt is painted with stylized trees and clouds from the Buford M. Watson Park in Lawrence Kansas.   It has a metal fencing armature and is approximately three feet tall.

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Photo by Susan Wolfe

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ANNUAL ARTS AUCTION

Lawrence Arts Center
Lawrence Kansas 2011

JANE AUSTEN

Jane Austen's dress is made from vintage maps of states printed in pink.  The shrug is made from painted maps of the ocean.  The piece is embellished with pages from Pride and Prejudice and painted origami roses.  It has a metal fencing armature and is approximately three feet tall.

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