The Cache Dressmaker

The Stairwell Gallery

No. 34, High Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4PB.

A cache of 504 ‘deliberately concealed garments and objects’ was found in a Sittingbourne building a few doors down from No. 34. The textiles and objects were revealed in the floorboards, chimneys, bedroom walls and door frames as the building was demolished.

The Cache Dressmaker exhibits her six hundred hand made miniature garments and objects showing their relationship to buildings and rooms. Her work is about place, how rooms and domestic spaces silently witness the passage of time, how the traces of garments bear reference to their previous life. This work gives the Cache Dressmaker a deeper understanding of her surroundings, her handicraft is a symbolic act, demanding patience and precision, translating ideas into embroidery.

Caches in buildings were very common, once the life of a garment had come to an end it would take on a protective and magical property, the more personal the object the more potential it had. The concealment of objects still goes on today but people are reluctant to talk about it.

As part of her exhibition The Cache Dressmaker was resident on the stairwell making tiny garments to conceal for good fortune in the fabric of the building of No. 34.

Accompanying publication ‘The Stairwell Gallery’.

All photographs by Artist, Rebecca Caudell and IDEAS TEST.