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Sculptor Makes Dresses From Unlikely Materials

Like a lot of men, John Petrey can't turn his eyes away from a great dress. It's all about the girl, it's all about the gown, Petrey says. 

But instead of satin and lace, Petrey prefers copper and steel. There's a certain aspect of limitation to men's attire that I can do, versus the skies the limit."

This Southside Sculptor is known for his dress series. I'm playing with this allure of fashion, but it's metal, Petrey explains. His is a portfolio of pieces that pushes the artistic envelope with creative components. I can take these hard, rigid materials that I work with and make them flow like fabric, says Petrey. That's the thing I think people are most attracted to.

For his current creation under construction, Petrey crafts colored copper. After its cut to size, the strips of copper, suited for the skirt, are clipped by hand and then molded and mounted to the industrial dress form.
So my thing is pulling stuff from other realms and figuring out a way to rebrand it, he says.

Petrey's pieces range from larger than life to pint-sized productions, each with an individual flair. One dress has components from residential roofing and fire suppression materials. So whether its a bottle-cap bodice or a skirt sculpted from license plates, more than a dozen galleries from California to Florida display these dresses made right here in Chattanooga. I love making people happy, making them reminisce about history or their past.
     
For more on Petreys work, click here to visit his website.


By: Latricia Thomas

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