Chores ᐧ 17 The Surgery


17 The Surgery

Dear bones,

When they cleft that void between
you and I I knew
it was for our repair
Yet from that moment we became two
by virtue of that foreign third
dark empty space pressed in between us
So now I have to learn to
love you in order to love
my self - separate as we are for now
The very act of stitching-together
splitting me from you down fresh seams
so neat they still sting

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.

17 The Surgery measures:

Cross Chest 24.5" (49" Bust)
Body Length 27"
Sleeve Length 24"

The fabric is a midweight cotton twill with navy blue stitching. It is in good condition, with some surface scarring and light fraying across the front button placket. This detail is celebrated by the embroidery around it.

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!