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Anti-Pence Fly Embroidery Art for this election season.

Anti Mike Pence Fly Embroidery Art by Suzanne Forbes Oct 20 2020The anti-Pence fly embroidery is done!

Of course, I want to be very clear: I am a huge fan of the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head and lingered there, vomiting. It is Mike Pence who I am deeply opposed to.

Anti Mike Pence Fly Embroidery Art by Suzanne Forbes Oct 20 2020This piece has so much queer love woven into it.

It is sewn on white muslin from the voluminous white muslin gown that came with my Sideshow Bride of Frankenstein doll, like the Devil/Flower Mantis.

I’ve been cutting that gown up and using it for years, it’s the only piece of white fabric in our house! (You can see the custom burlesque outfit I made for the doll to wear instead here.)

Anti Mike Pence Fly Embroidery Art by Suzanne Forbes Oct 20 2020 The fly has layers.

There are three shades of tulle, grey crystal beads, pearls, smoke Swarovski crystals, many shades of black and grey and Anthracite crystals, two kinds of black sparkle thread, two kinds of silver embroidery thread, and three tiny piss-yellow crystals.

Anti Mike Pence Fly Embroidery Art by Suzanne Forbes Oct 20 2020 The fly has a hundred threads of RAINBOW holographic filament over each eye.

Using the holo filament, which is incredibly fine, is time-consuming. But it is ritually important, like in this piece.

UPDATE: FLY SOLD, MONEY SENT TO FRIEND! Mantis still available!

The fly piece is a fundraiser for a US friend who is in big trouble. It’s part of a big fundraiser art sale coming soon, WITH shipping cause my hub loves this friend too and is gonna handle it. It’s a 250 euro donation to the friends’ paypal plus shipping. Email me if you’re interested!

Red Umbrella Embroidery project: Fight for the rights of Sex Workers!!

I got these beautiful domed antique brass frames, made in Germany, last Fall.

I found them on German eBay. I got a half dozen of them, they are tiny and very lovely, and I wanted to do something special with them.

I decided to embroider the Red Umbrella, which is the international symbol of solidarity with sex workers. The one below is in the Black Trans Flag colors, as well as the rainbow for Pride- I used superfine holographic thread and hundreds and hundreds of stitches.

Black leadership tells us to center the most marginalized.

To listen to what sex workers tell us they need, and work to help them get it.

Protect Black Trans Sex Workers embroidery with holographic thread by Suzanne Forbes June 2020Maybe someday every home will have the symbol of solidarity with sex workers.

Maybe someday every home will declare itself a safe space for the most vulnerable people in society, the people who have to work to live and yet are never given the protections of workers.

I have known and loved sex workers since I was a teen; I learn more all the time about how to listen to what they are telling me they need.

The most urgent need for sex workers all over the world is the Decriminalization of Sex Work. Not the Nordic Model, not legalization and government regulation – Decrim.red umbrella embroidery by Suzanne Forbes June 2020

Decriminalize sex work NOW.

Here are some of the reasons why sex workers tell us that Decrim is the model they want.

Here is an extremely useful article on how to make sex workers’ lives easier.

Read “Revolting Prostitutes: The fight for Sex Workers’ Rights”.

Now more than ever, when so many sworkers can’t work because of COVID-19 yet are excluded from government support in most countries, donate to sex workers’ aid funds.

People need money to live. This is our German fund for workers who aren’t getting government aid. Orgs like The Black Trans Travel Fund and The Okra Project help BPOC trans people get basic needs like food and transport met.


You can hold up a red umbrella.