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The “Lisa” Vest, twill weave kevlar (bulletproof) fabric, pearl snaps, gold piping, 2018

The “Axel” Vest, plain weave kevlar (bulletproof) fabric, metal studs & chain, 2018

Imminent Peril - The Queer Collection

Bulletproof Textiles

Often those offered the most protection are not the most vulnerable. What if the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting had been wearing bullet-proof vests? What kind of protective gear should one wear to a night club, a church, a concert, a school? Imminent Peril - Queer Collection is an ongoing series of fashionable safety vests created with bullet-proof Kevlar material in response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. They are specifically tailored and designed to protect my queer-identified friends, lovers, mentors, and artists I admire, reflecting their individual ideas around personal safety and style. This new work it is rooted in a desire to promote awareness about the safety of LGBTQ people, and it recognizes the need for all people to feel safe while expressing their individuality.

The “J” Hoodie Vest, ballistic grade kevlar (bulletproof) fabric and jersey lining, 2018

Model: Drew (above left)  

Overshot Lapghan, hand-woven blanket, Overshot pattern, kevlar warp with acrylic weft, 2018

The “Amanda” Vest, hand-knit kevlar (bulletproof) thread with acrylic yarn, 2018

The “Spider” Vest, hand-woven kevlar (bulletproof) thread bobbin-lace, 2018

Model: Jameelah (above right)