Coffee Dress, 1999 is the first dress sculpture that Susan ever made. In a recent interview with Daan van Dartel from the Tropenmusuem, Amsterdam, she discusses the impetus and origins for what has now become an important and ongoing series of work: "I knew how to read dressmaking patterns from an early age and sewing was my first language. When I was sixteen I won a prize for the best-made dress in my school, I have been making dresses all my life. The first sculptural dress I made, Coffee Dress was an extension of this, but it was an artwork, not to be worn, so a similar method but with a different outcome; I was subverting clothing. Coffee Dress had a train made from coffee filters and stained paper portion cups. At this time I also began working with maps." Photos Colin Hampden-White & Susan Stockwell.