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 is a patchwork of colorful fabric scraps.
The model is also wearing a paper bead necklace and a bracelet made from ballpoint pen caps.
On this model, the huipil is oversized so it falls off her shoulder when she dances!
Note the necklace made from old T-shirts.
Point of departure sketch. The huipil was made c. 2010.
Photographer, Chiara Pilar