Reconstructing Ourselves


Reconstructing Ourselves was a project in partnership with staff and patients at the Welsh centre for burns and plastic surgery, in collaboration with medical anthropologist, Sarah Wright and digital story teller, Prue Thimbleby.

Portraits and auto-biographical books explore the relationship between women’s personal clothing choices and their lived experiences of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

By understanding the use of clothing by women during medical interventions for cancer, a picture is built of the complexity and impact that this disease has upon women’s lives - including dramatic changes to the body, to mental health, to relationships and careers. 

Featured on The Listening Project - BBC Radio 4. This project was funded by Arts Council Wales.

Photographs by Amy Shorter