Chores ᐧ 16 Magic


16 Magic

Dear Waipo,

Our little secret was always the magic
we conjured together journeying
towards sunset every summer
having been born under stars that would broker no argument
against the eternal companionship between my monkey and your pig
I can still whisper those old spells glowing gold and green with light
that dappled through the old growth conifers in my yard
and the leaves of the sweet-smelling magnolia in yours
I still hunt for charms in cold sand on the beach
pocketing smooth shards of stone and shell first warmed between my palms
And how grateful I am - to know how
to defeat even my whitest-boned demons
and scale my firiest mountains
using the magic you gave me that
I still believe in

Words by Shaina Yang

Chores is a collection of eighteen hand-embroidered vintage chore coats, celebrating the beauty of earnest labor. Each piece is a vintage garment transformed through a unique pattern of hand-embroidery and beading, inspired by the unintentional yet beautiful splatters left on an old painting smock.

Because they are vintage pieces, each coat is slightly different in size, fabric, and condition.

16 Magic measures:

Cross Chest 24" (48" Bust)
Body Length 25.5"
Sleeve Length 22.5"

The fabric is a midweight cotton twill with lapis blue stitching, and has a worn-in, buttery hand-feel and soft drape. There is an interior pocket on the wearer's right side; the stitching around the pocket's perimeter is visible from the outside. It is in fair condition, previously mended with ultramarine blue zig zag stitching on both sleeves at the wrists, as well as some cosmetic fraying along all hems. There are three small holes along the left sleeve seam, and one small hole along the right sleeve. These are deliberately unaltered.

Please hand wash cold with mild detergent, and line dry. Warm iron on reverse with a little steam.

Joy's brother Justin (in photos) is 5'5" tall and measures:

Cross Chest 17" (34" Bust)
Body Length 25.5"
Sleeve Length 22" 

*Choose what you pay:

$380 - Covers materials and labor for creating this piece

$480 - Helps sustain my practice by paying for work that happens beyond garment construction alone

$580 - Contributes to the growth of my practice, allowing me to invest in tools, people, and future projects + comes with a surprise bonus item

Please note: If any one pricing tier is marked as "sold out," the item is no longer available. This is due to a quirk in the website's inventory management system that Joy has yet to find a good solution for. Thank you for understanding!