This project was influenced by my interest in vintage instructional fabric books for children. The "covers" for this series are antique doll petticoats. The title comes from the ideas that Victorian woman were held physically and psychologically in their “cage like” crinoline clothing as well as their social sphere – their homes.
The Victorian home was often referred to the “Upholstered Cage” (at least for those who could afford help with taking care of it) where the woman was “queen” of all things occurring inside its walls (the care and feeding of
the family etc.) while the domain outside of its walls (and out in society) was reserved for men.
The images are of Victorian woman of all ages in various poses. The embroidered texts are from sales manuals for corset salesmen of the period, as well sales pamphlets from the 20th century.
You can read more about this project at my website, where there is a downloadable PDF of all the text and specs of this project: tamarstone.com/UpholsteredCage.html