Performance and installation by Martha McDonald at Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia on March 7, 2011. Victorian mourning wear was traditionally made from wool bombazine or crepe. The dyes used to color these fabrics were often plant-based and unstable, staining a woman's body in the rain and heat. I am fascinated by how this public performance of grief was experienced in such a private and corporeal way. I constructed a period mourning dress in black crepe paper that I activated by standing under a shower of water for 25 minutes to slowly release the fugitive dye. The transformation of the dress and the trace it leaves behind suggest presence, absence and impermanence. Craig Woodward played fiddle.