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Charles LeDray
Milk and Honey (detail)
1994-1996
Whitney Museum of American Art
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ALL THE LITTLE PEOPLE
by Elisabeth Kley



An army of Lilliputians must be running around naked in the cold, because their tailor Charles LeDray (who is also a master potter and bone carver) has taken back their clothes and put them on display at the Whitney Museum. The imposing, cigar smoking, bearded LeDray is not your typical seamstress, but his mother taught him to sew when he was four. At ten, he was already an expert at knitting and macramé. Every element in his work is created practically from scratch by hand -- artificially aged fabrics, tiny metal and plastic hangers, doll-sized ladders, and miniature porcelain pots. If there’s anything LeDray wants to create, he finds a way to make it himself, no matter how long it takes.

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