Inanna is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, war, justice and political power. ... She was known as the "Queen of Heaven"and was the patron goddess of the Eanna temple at the city of Uruk, which was her main cult center.
My Inanna has been inspired by the extraordinary women of color I have met along the way.
Her heart beats with the strength of many other hearts of this generation and those past.
The belt is a poignant reminder of the challenges and harshness of life for too many over too many generations; it is an interpretation of a quilt called Doorway to a Dream by Louisiana Bendolph (b. 1960 Gee’s Bend, Alabama), and recently exhibited at the de Young Museum.
The joys, dreams, and commitment of motherhood are depicted with a heart-shaped uterus; I had fun adding sensuality too.
Inanna is created with the lush softness of velvet on linen, depicting a voluptuous and exquisite body; it is backed with steel to remind us of the strength, resilience, and determination of women of color.
And, finally, the flamboyant brooch comes from the gorgeous women of Queen Hippie Gypsy at 337 Telegraph in Oakland and depicts the entrepreneurial and joyful spirit of women of color.