dresses from 100 acts of sewing
sonya cutting linen
when i was in san francisco, i met sonya philip at her studio late one morning and she gave me the full tour while we noshed on pastries from tartine bakery. while i have the super-awesome honor of having dress #36 of 100 acts of sewing, it was really wonderful to see her other work in person. i’ve been following her work for a while and many of the pieces were familiar to me from her online presence, but they are much better in real life.
before we left the studio to visit heath ceramics (and not one, but two heath retail spaces), sonya gave me the ordinary object she created using an unfinished pack of my birth control pills. i believe the impetus of the piece was a conversation about women’s rights and birth control that sonya and i had in her car when i was in san francisco last year. the respect and admiration i have of sonya as a woman and artist is huge, and that she gave the piece… it’s hard to put in words. maybe it’s that i’ve somehow done a good job of surrounding myself with strong, creative, nurturing, amazing women — women my mom would have been drawn to — and that i might be able to categorize myself as the same. that’s what the piece in my hand says to me.