The Maxipad Princess was a dress-based monologue piece that I made during my MFA at Concordia University. The dress itself is made out of 320 Always™ maxipads, pink ribbon, and cotton lining. At first, I wanted to use scented maxipads, but sewing them together gave me a rash, so I switched to unscented maxipads.
I initially performed this piece in the basement of the Bourget Building (former Concordia MFA studios) in Hope Peterson's
. Hope transformed this space (pictured above) that acted as an antechamber for the next room which looked in on a projection of Smurfette endlessly trying on the same white dress. The silver flowers on the wall were a riff on the old Tampax "discreet" box, where once you removed the cellophane wrapping, the box was unlabelled. The soundtrack for the installation was Patsy Cline’s, Always
on a continuous loop. It was beautiful.