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« on: September 19, 2008 12:55:20 AM »

lately i've been thinking about crafting something more political than usual, more like i used to do before i got overwhelmed with swaps! (if you want to read more of my rambling about politics, it's on my blog!)

the amazing and inspirational kittykill works at Portland Women's Crisis line, who recently put on their annual Safety In Numbers gala and auction to end domestic and sexual violence, and i was determined to make something more than my typical cool but un-inspirational stuff to donate.

i really wanted to make something specific to violence against women, but all the ideas i had were distinctly canadian (like the cfs no means no campaign, or a memorial of December 6th, 1989 Montreal Massacre). since people in the US probably didn't grow up with the distinctive purple and black stickers (no means no campaign), or with 14 red roses on december 6th (memorial of the 14 women murdered), they probably wouldn't know what the hell the piece was about! so i decided to go with a more general issue that affects so many folks, body image and fat positivity.

and now that i've rambled for sooooo long, i'll actually show you what i made!

unfortunately, it photographed TERRIBLY. i ask myself regularly "amy, why do you work so much with a material that absolutely refuses to photograph nicely? Roll Eyes" and then i think "because it's vinyl, and i adore my vinyl-y goodness, and that's really all the answer i need! Wink"

so i will show you the blurriest picture first, because it actually shows the image the best!

the bag is made of vintage deadstock vinyl that's textured (hence the worse pictures than usual!), with an image of a fat woman reclining in a bikini freehand machine embroidered on the front in this awesome variegated thread that alwaysinmyroom sent me.(her boobs on are the right, and her thighs are on the left. hopefully you can see it!) the backside has the word "gorgeous" embroidered the same way as the image on the front. the bag has 21" straps, so that anyone can carry it (i hope! it's still MUCH better than purchased totes that don't fit around your arm!), and is lined with teal blue cotton fabric. the inside has two pockets, both made of vinyl. the larger one is zippered (vintage deadstock metal zipper) with the word "fat" freehand machine embroidered on it. the second pocket is smaller, sewn to hold pens. one portion of the pocket is larger, so it would fit a sharpie or something like that.

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all the topstitching was done with the same variegated thread used for the embroidery



oh, and i ordered a full set of Figure 8 zines to be included with it, and had them sent to kittykill's house.

i love it. i was sad to mail it away! i hope it inspires you!

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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008 01:03:02 AM »

That is unreal!!!!  *picks jaw up from ground* What an amazing image AND the fact you captured it so well with the varigated thread!!!  Fantastic.
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008 01:27:05 AM »

I love this!
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2008 01:30:37 AM »

thank you both!

i think for future ones i'll just use the variegated thread on solid coloured vinyl though!
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2008 04:42:36 AM »

this bag is unbelieveable! absolutely amazing. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2008 04:55:45 AM »

I love it, except the inside pocket saying "FAT".

As a larger person, I feel FAT is an "F" word!
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You did a great job on it, specially the side with the woman on it. Id love to see more of you work- keep it coming!

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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2008 05:46:49 AM »

Beautiful!  This rocks!
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2008 07:46:34 AM »

I love the colors of the thread and think the design is lovely. But I agree with Cealy, as a full figure gal, I find the word fat offensive, again my opinion. Your work is truly lovely.
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2008 08:00:15 AM »

amazing. love the image... cause its big but its not in your face a bigger gal, abstract i guess...

as for fat. im down with that....  i know you didnt mean it in a derogatory sense... 
 
 i need to get to working with vinyl. you so inspire me....   a goddess of vinyl...
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2008 09:38:40 AM »

Love it!!!!!   Took me a few glances to get the woman, but that just means it's subtle!   
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