To check out the other participants progress on their projects visit https://ecotextileacademy.com/liberation-skirt-project .
THE WHITE DRESS a clean slate, blank canvas, who knows where this one will take me!? Come along for the ride. This is a dress that was left in my rental, its a bit big for me but doable with lotsa options, it has a few mild stains here and there which will be worked into the design by embroidery, lace and crayon mono prints and that is all I know at this point...
Finally completed the last two applique features of my Liberation Skirt Project with ecotextileacademy.com/ Lady Liberty & Greta Thunberg, and added the finishing touches of pagan and Wicca symbols. While packing away the remaining scraps of fabric I came across the length of lace I had cut pieces from, with one splice there was enough to complete a lace hem for the finishing touch. These feminine figures and symbols have greatly influenced and inspired my life and so seemed very appropriate to this project. I hope you enjoy the project and the story behind it.
For more information on the Dutch Liberation Skirt project check out this link! blog.europeana.eu/2019/05/liberation-skirts-how-post-war-upcycling-became-a-symbol-of-female-solidarity/
Made of cut out and glued on black suede, dressed in an authentic, indigenous batik fabric skirt, and white T, the hair was made of crocheted embroidery thread and french knot work and the exposed running shoe hand painted to match. She is on one knee and with a clenched fist in the air both signs of the unrest of our current times.
A sign of our times, but also my teen years of the late 60's and 70's when Black Power was the slogan. It seems we have not come far at all in recognizing, hate, anger, and racism of this country. The fact that we have a Federal Administration that continues to fan the flames is very frustrating and discouraging, but we must keep our voices raised and keep the vision of a blue tsunami this election year to preserve and continue to perfect our Democracy!
The Triple Goddess is associated with different triple deities from earth-sea-sky, to the maiden-mother-crone and the related moon cycles waning-full-waxing. The Triple Goddess symbol is of the 3 moon phases and may include the Triquetra symbol often associated with body-mind-soul.
In my rendition she is of one body with 3 heads and six arms, the central arms are holding fire, the maiden juggling air and the crone water, above her is the moon symbol with the triquetra in the center.
US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RIP) left us a legacy and shoes that will be hard to fill. As well as a challenge during a difficult election. As we all try our best to find our way through and build a blue tsunami of Democracy to protect and heal an ailing country, I honor her for her work, example and words of wisdom for all women of American and beyond. What we do with her legacy, and how we fill her shoes on the Supreme Court will be very telling of the continued struggles of this Nation and in particular our women.
You cannot grow up in the South West or be an artist from the America's without having heard of, or being influenced by the life of Frida Kahlo and her renown husband, political muralist Diego Rivera. She preferred folk costume and gravitated toward a folk art style of painting with the majority of her work being self portraits telling much of her life.
Made of cut out black suede, her dress is made from a recycled ladies lace handkerchief, her boots hand painted and laced with embroidery thread. Her hat of cut suede and with a voice for our times 'Nasty Women Vote'
Because of limiting my time for other projects, it takes me about 2 weeks to complete each applique piece, and there will be 8 in total. From scratch includes design, layout, assembling, and applique to the skirt
Applique number 3 and 4 are planned for as an African American Suffragette dressed in white suit and white lace with the traditional sash of purple and yellow, and a Frida Kahlo indigenous Mexican costume
This second applique on the skirt is from my own personal experience growing up in Southern California in the 60's preteen and teen. 'Flower Child' part of the hippy generation, protest and civil rights movement of those times, landed me in B.C. Canada for over 30 years.
The Liberation Skirt Project is a group of women from different countries and locals who have come together to express themselves through the history of a World War II project. For more information and to meet the collective artists visit the website at https://ecotextileacademy.com/