I did my first thread drawing on the sleeve of my Corona Kimono. I had to remove some of the stitches in the sleeve so it could fit it on my sewing machine. I’ll sew it back up when I’m done.
On the body of the Kimono, I slipped cotton batting between the outside of the Kimono and the lining. Especially with the fine fabric that the Kimono is made from, there needed to be batting or interfacing to free motion sew on it. Otherwise, the fabric pulls and stretches.
I like the way the batting works on the body of the kimono. The extra thickness adds a depth to the thread drawings. But I wanted to keep the drape of the sleeves.
So instead of batting, I’m using an interfacing that dissolves with water. When I finish the drawing, I just spray it with some water and only the stitches will remain.
I did the drawing for this Corona Kimono drawing last week. Today I stitched it onto the Kimono.
It’s from the photo of the woman who came to be known as Naked Athena after she sat naked in front of the troops’ Trump sent to the Portland Protests.
As I wrote last week, I thought she resembled Sheela na gig, more than Athena, but that she was a goddess in her own right.
Now Naked Athena, who calls herself “Jen” has spoken for herself.
She said, ” I’m a sex worker. My nakedness is political and it is my expression.” “Other than my feminine response of wanting to show them what my version of vulnerability looks like my message was, ‘We’re all out here, these protesters, [and] the only thing we have in common is we have masks on and we’re out here at night.”
Jen wore only a mask and hat,” because it was cold,” that night.