Peggy-Sue, Eyebeam, New York

Peggy-Sue is a tessellated 2 dimensional structure that can be applied to the neck, waist and head.

The piece can be stored on the wall and applied to the body to create inspiring 3D shapes that transform, morph and redefine the human form. A playful structure Peggy-Sue encourages interaction and play.


Peggy-Sue was created as part of Di Mainstone’s residency at Eyebeam Centre for art and technology in New York City. Created using digital fabrication methods, the pattern was digitized and cut using the laser-cutter. Di and her intern Jason worked with peg-board (as seen in shops and libraries)and velcro to develop this piece.

She lived in the town’s library, a dusty place full of other people’s tales. Her own story was unclear. She slept in the gap between 14th Century churches and fly-fishing. I saw her once, she wore a dress fashioned out of peg-board – borrowed from the library’s store cupboard. White, perforated, angular, perfect. She smiled as she glided by. I noticed her eyes were sad. I blinked and she was gone, though her perfume still remained – the bookish scent of 100-year-old love poems – musty yet intoxicating. They say she had a broken heart. Her name was Peggy-Sue.


  • Artist: Di Mainstone
  • Creative Assistants: Jason Lim, Rachel Lamb and Jen Park
  • Interns: Bryan Nussbaum and Kindall Almond
  • Photography: Di Mainstone
  • Model: Jennifer Essex


2009, Eyebeam Centre for Art and Technology, New York, USA