Deconstructing Elsie
Deconstructing Elsie
Deconstructing Elsie

A Rainbow of Dreams
Dressed to Drink

By Rae Trujillo
Pleasant Hill, California: rae's of sun, 2010. Edition of 10.

4 x 5.5"; 8 pages. Page stitching with sewing machine. Materials: tea-dyed index cards, lace, glitter, alternative photography. Text typed with manual typewriter. Sewn lace binding. Bound with brocade and lace materials over two-ply museum boards.

Cocktail recipes accompanied by images of color coordinated cocktail dresses.

Rae Trujillo: "The dresses in the photo's are Quinceanera dresses. A girl will wear one of these confections of dreamy material for her fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, it is like a coming out celebration, going from childhood to womanhood. When I saw the dresses the first time I was reminded of wedding dresses and the similarity of the celebration. It seems some folks are more concerned with planning the event while other folks are interested in the drinking and party. Two different interests, one big party."