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My ART jacket. I wore this to the opening for the Aspen Chapel Gallery's Small Wonders show. It's a jean jacket that I worked on several years ago for the DAY of the DEAD art show at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. This was a labor of love, very time consuming, and is a work in progress. I appliqued, painted, beaded, stamped and embroidered a lot of images. Frida Kahlo adores the back with her quote "I paint my own reality" along with some Loteria game cards that I turned into cloth transfers. I did a large Tree of Life on the left side with my alter ego blackbird. In the branches of the tree I sewed on lots of Milagros, with various beads. Each leaf was cut from fabric and appiqued on.
The tree was dictionary pages that I transferred onto fabric then cut out and appliqued onto the jacket.
The sleeves were stamped with journaling about my personal Art Journey.
I still want to line the jacket, at some point. Looking for the perfect print.... I wear this to some art openings and always get fun comments. I don't do a lot of embroidering any more, but I used to do a great deal of it. It is a great way to spend an evening watching an old movie and stitching away.
(Someone asked me how I wash this jacket! Well, I haven't and probably never will! I figure if I
would get a stain somewhere, I could just embroider over it! Besides, I don't wear it very often.)