Birdhousedress is the first of my dress pieces. A visual pun on “birdhouse” and “housedress,” it was built with straw from nesting/roosting pockets that I bought at a hardware store. A Dress for Ana Mendieta is a newer work, made from a mold I took off of a tree trunk. It is a bark dress—strapless and short. It was inspired by a photograph from Ana Mendieta’s “Tree of Life” series in which she covered her own body with mud, grass and leaves, and stood against tree trunks, accentuating the connectedness between nature and women.