I never intended to collect paraphernalia in this way and maybe I’m a bit of a hoarder or a sentimentalist but it began in 2005 as I started to work on my final body of work.
The images were of a staged nature, a scenario created and documented, and needed a lot of creativity when it came to making or solving problems related to backgrounds, props and attire on my female models, using a minimalist budget of course.
I kept all the materials in case I needed a re-shoot (everything shot on medium format roll-film with no photoshop) and I generally hand made and built most of the detail work where something didn’t exist already as I had it in my imagination.
I scoured resource shops like fabric stores, chinese bargain outlets, bead merchants etc and then after the body of work was completed I just started adding interesting and cool pieces to what I already had.
I began getting commissioned from private individuals shortly thereafter and so I just kept adding items I thought would also be useful.
Lingerie sales were my friend and my clients and friends, family and colleges started giving me items to add to the collection.
It is now a bizarre grouping of women’s attire, anything from sequined nipple caps to original nurses dresses, 70’s shaped nylon stockings, embroidered vintage satin gloves, knickers from Pep, its all there packed into bags and suitcases.
Im not 100% on how to catalogue the items but I think that naming/describing, numbering, and breaking down basic info would be a good rule.