Macy Kaff, a senior at Council Rock High School North, was recently honored with Best of Show for the 2021 Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition.
Her piece “Utilitarian Beauty” featured a “strikingly sophisticated dress,” as noted by the jurors, made from a long strand of white nylon rope available in any hardware store.
For this project, Macy says she was working with a theme in her AP Art class throughout the school year of utility.
“I picked a bunch of items I thought were overlooked in terms of their beauty, and made them into garments that I thought explored the beauty behind [the items], beyond just their purpose,” says Macy.
She says she chose rope since so many people use it for purpose and utility, but don’t stop to appreciate its beauty.
Macy strung the white nylon rope into straps and sewed the dress together, fraying the ropes at the bottom to create a skirt that shimmers and shines.
The juror’s wrote, “One can only imagine the dress being worn at a party!”
This isn’t the first garment Macy has created this year; she’s gotten creative with everything from sewing tinfoil in patterns to making a dress entirely out of wire, including a skirt with zip ties and a top out of tape.
“It’s shown me how difficult the items can be to work with,” Macy says, “but I’ve also learned the beauty in repetition.”
In a lot of utilities she used and worked with this year, Macy loved seeing how patterns came out of it. She hopes to incorporate design into her future career.
PHOTO CAPS: 1. Macy Kaff
2.&3. Front and back views of Macy’s “Utilitarian Beauty”