With a preference for paper and a focus on feminism, Kansas-based creative Grace D. Chin creates art that is as exquisite as it is empowering. Though formally trained in printmaking, Chin's “craft roots” are evident in her growing collection of handmade wreaths. What started as an imaginative art project has blossomed into a creative call for equality by pairing crepe paper flowers with powerful phrases.
Chin carefully crafts the ring-shaped foundation for each piece using floral wire. Inspired by traditional wreaths, she covers the frame in bunches of lifelike leaves and an abundance of realistic blooms. Though undeniably decorative, these one-of-a-kind works double as feminist art, as Chin adorns each piece with compelling text composed of hand-cut paper letters.
“In positioning myself firmly between craft and art traditions,” she explains, “I hope to do what many women artists and artisans did before me: create beautiful everyday objects that also serve some usefulness beyond their aesthetic value.” Whether reassuring audiences that “feminism is for everybody” or reminding people that “kindness prevails,” each paper wreath aims to encourage equal rights through its message.
Chin sells these delicate works of art in her online shop. Given the popularity of the powerful pieces, however, they sell out quickly, so be sure to follow Chin's Instagram for updates on what's in-stock—and, of course, for daily reminders to resist, persist, and “smash the patriarchy!”