“My Name is Venus” huipil for the 99 Arts Project work-in-progress!
Before and After
This is the back panel of the huipil first with just the drawing then with appliquéd fabric scraps (which I have plenty of) added for the background. This helps me use materials I already have, use less embroidery thread which is expensive and not that easy to find here, as well as makes blocking in the huipil much easier.
Looking at some of the scraps makes me smile—there’s fabric from my man’s old boxers as well as from a shirt his kids came him for his birthday years ago. There’s also fabric from a dress Kerry gave me as well as from a dress Gayle gave me. The black is from the lining of a skirt Marina gave me. It is already a kind of Memory Huipil.
I wish I had saved some of the clothes my son and daughter wore as little kids so that I could cut them up and piece them into a huipil. Or that I had my mother’s favorite red and white polka dress she used to wear so much. Or even my old doll clothes. All of these fabrics would have been fantastic for a Memory Huipil where you wear fabric souvenirs of someone important in your life.
And this represent a figurine from Naqada.
Here is a before & after of the figurine from Mesopotamia.
Again, the figurine from Mesopotamia. The first foto is that of the backside. And the second foto shows the yellow threads that unite the white fabric pieced together to act as a canvas for the threads.
Unfortunately, sewing becomes addictive and today I must find the discipline to break away from my huipil for household chores!
Cynthia Korzekwa ©
One morning while sitting in the kitchen searching for meaning in life, I noticed that the oranges in the fruit bowl were getting mushy. The firm plumpness they had when I bought them had disappeared. With this realization, I had an epiphany —life is ephemeral so I needed to get up and get with the program before it was too late.
This huipil was made from pieces of white cotton stitched together to be used as a canvas for a drawing made with water-resistant markers. Hand-painting, appliqué, and hand-stitching are used to further embellish the huipil. The back of the hupil is a patchwork of colorful fabrics.
The model, Chiara Pilar, is also wearing a paper bead necklace and a bracelet made from pen caps.
Marina van Koesveld is a magical thinker. With her thoughts she’s able to create new realities. When Marina was younger, she’d dress as Frida (long before the craze) maybe because the two had much in common. Both are painters. And both are sensual with long dark hair and eyes that can perforate you like laser beams.
So last summer I asked Marina if she’d model some of my huipiles in a Frida-like way and, always eager to play, she contented me.
Here she is wearing the huipil dress One Drop Makes Many Ripples. The dress is made from a second hand cloth that, maybe, was used as a towel.
“Flowing” in and out of the dress is a strand of pieced cloth. The fabric design reminded me of drops of water so I embroidered the phrase One Drop Makes Many Ripples around the collar.
The motion of everyday life creates ripples—one action produces other actions. Thus ripples connect us one to the other. That’s why it’s important to be aware that our actions—be they physical or psychological—affect the lives of those around us.
Ripples are everywhere.