The jackets—which she takes commissions for—depict breasts, stomachs, and arms in different colors, shapes, and sizes. In addition to serving as a vibrant fashion statement, Velasco says the pieces encourage a new perspective on nakedness. "I believe nudity is freeing. One can feel the breeze, the sun, and the raindrops everywhere on all of your skin. It’s a beautiful feeling.”
She adds, "Clothing is meant to be functional and expressive, not a tool of control and shame."
"Relax, It's Only Flesh" jackets by Alexandra Velasco, image courtesy of Camila Saldarriaga
Alexandra Velasco in Mexico City
Women Fuck Shit Up Fest
AV: Women Fuck Shit Up Fest is a rad fest that is led by female-identified folks and revolves around awesome independent and alternative rock and punk music. I had a booth there this past year where I created one of a kind tote-bags inspired by some of my favorite women activists like Erica Garner, Emma Gonzalez, Jasilyn Charger, Ilhan Omar and Berta Cáceres.
Women's Voices NowAV: Women's Voices Now is a film festival that tells stories about womxn all around the world. I co-wrote and co-directed a film called “The First of the Free Girls” with my friend Alexander Kahan, and we got invited by Leila Jarman (the creative director of the fest) to participate in the online festival and it was incredible. It is such an honor to have that platform share the story we created. The film tells the story about the time a girl get’s her first period and how society tells her she needs to act versus the kind of person she wants to become. Menstruation is a freeing thing, it should never be seen as shameful.
Fruit SaladHighland Park
AV: Fruit Salad is an artistic collective bringing LA’s intelligentsia together for a monthly showcase of our latest and greatest creations and social movements. It is a beautiful way to spend your weekend, I have had a table there in the past and I have met so many beautiful and inspiring artists and creators.
Header image courtesy of Alexandra Velsaco