Why do I make vulvas?
Why not! Whether you call them vulvas, vaginas, yonis or lady bits they are all the same yet totally unique.
The idea of stitching my first lady came from my daughter when she was 10 years old. We were talking about periods and she referred to her vagina as a random word like “houha” or something along those lines. I told her that she had a vagina and she should never feel uncomfortable about saying that word because it is apart of her. She said “vagina” was an ugly word and I said no it is beautiful like a flower. Then the idea came, I sketched out my first vulva.
I wanted them to look like flowers unique and beautiful, but I also wanted people to be able to comfortably feature them in their homes as more of a second look kind of piece. I got a lot of inspiration from Georgia O'Keeffe’s work in her paintings of enlarged flowers. They look like vaginas to me but now a days I see vulvas in everything. I figured that if my 10-year-old daughter thought of a vagina as “ugly” than many other people could too. I believe it is important to break the taboo about talking about our vulvas and to appreciate them more. They are what brings life to the world after all.
When I released my first yoni, I was not expecting the response to received. It blew up! I couldn’t believe it. I was selling more then I could make at one point and I thought “Okay well it looks like the world has spoke.” I’ve now made over 20 versions including now a few uterus pieces and they are seriously my favorite pieces to create. It warms my heart that there are so many people who appreciate my art. I reach out on Instagram and ask what I should add to my next piece and the amount of responses I get is incredible. The range of collectors I’ve come across has been mind blowing to me and they all come from different walks of life. From feminist women like myself, wiccans, witches, doulas, midwifes and Doctors. To professors, designers for TV sets, retail stores and most surprisingly to me but shouldn’t be men!
With your support I am happy to say that now my daughter says vagina and she helps me ship out every one of my pieces to their new homes. Not only have I been able to teach her more about self love I’ve taught her about entrepreneurship and that the world is such a huge place. And that we are all unique like flowers or dare I say it… Vaginas.