The aim of Best Dresses was to support the creativity and mental wellbeing of women with substance abuse issues worked with by the partner agencies, with the particular focus of promoting raised self-esteem.
Three female artists – a writer (who worked as group co-ordinator), a textile artist, and a digital artist met with a group of 6-8 women once a week for 10 weeks. They explored fashion, non-fashion, and (self) image and created portfolios of artworks. The project took place in Redcar.
The participants enjoyed new forms of self exploration and self expression, in a convivial and accepting atmosphere. They found this relaxing, stimulating and enjoyable. They made pictures, poems, weavings, collages, etc and kept scrapbooks and diaries.
The partners of this were the Redcar and Cleveland Probation Service; OnTrack; Redcar and Cleveland Drug Action Team; RCVDA; Offender Management.