How I Documented My Experience With The Corona Virus in Pictures and Words on A Kimono

Front view of stitched kimono
Back view of stitched kimono
Detail of kimono with stitching of mask vs unmasked faces
Detail of stitched kimono of household supplies
Detail of stitched kimono of mailbox and vote sign

I'm an artist and like many people when the Corona Virus shut down the country I didn't know if I would be able to continue working. But I worked at staying connected to the people who follow my blog by continuing to share my art and writing about my experiences. One of the things I did was to create a visual journal using my free motion sewing machine and a Kimono.

The Kimono was given to me by a woman who reads my blog. It had been a gift to her from a dear friend who died of Aids. She had kept it for years, but felt it was time for her to let it go. She hoped I could use it in my art.

April 6, 2020 I began stitching visual journal entries onto the Kimono having to do with the Corona Virus. The entries are both personal and political. My plan was to fill the Kimono. Now the Kimono is almost filled with images and words, my original drawings that I stitched onto it. I've shared the process in writing and photographs on my blog.