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Leigh Pennebaker - Sculptor

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Born and raised in Star, Mississippi, Leigh Pennebaker began drawing fashion illustrations as a child. At the age of fourteen she started studying anatomy from life, taking figure drawing classes. It wasn't until college that she discovered an affinity for sculpture. In the spring of 2001, Pennebaker's first two wire dresses were included in an art exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Following graduation, Pennebaker moved to New York City and began to work in the legendary vintage clothing shop, Screaming Mimi's. At Mimi's, Pennebaker exercised her love of fashion and art by assisting with visual merchandising and the installation of window displays. The following year she began to work as Resident Costume Designer of Our Time Theatre Company.
Soon, Pennebaker's sculpture was displayed in the designer showroom Frock, the windows of the Soho jewelry store Fragments, and Shreve Cump and Low, in Boston. Eight of her small wire dress sculptures, called Fashionistas, were displayed in the window of Saks Fifth Avenue, New York. Pennebaker also completed a 2004 installation of over seventy of her pieces in the windows of Barney's New York. Leigh Pennebaker uses fashion to explore her fascination with women and beauty. "I view my work as three-dimesional caricature through which I channel the spirits of southern belles, divas, vixens, and ingenues." The dress sculptures explore the female form, spirit and gesture without representing actual body parts. Pennebaker uses jagged metal fencing and rebar tie-wire to construct the dresses. These mediums evoke an intriguing contrast with the subject matter. The sharp linear quality of the wire creates an expression of form which is both elegant and raw, whimsical yet edgy.

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she makes "wire couture" out of industrial fencing...







http://www.leighpennebaker.com/

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That is very interesting, thanks for posting. I especially like #1, carmen.

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I like the first one too, the others aren't bad either.

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wow..these are beautiful! i'd love to photograph them really high contrast-ly and give them an even more ethereal look...they're amazing.

thanks for posting!

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here are a few more from her site:







i think this is one of my favorites!

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beautiful-i love it...
brilliant really....

and STAR ms.....
faith hill's hometown!!!!....
that place is TINY-thats pretty cool......

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those are gorgeous!!

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