Butterfly Sundries’ new Dancing Women Collection consists of a number of Butterfly Sundries’ original jewelry designs celebrating the beauty of all women, including all of ages, sizes, shapes, races, sexual orientations or abilities. With the firm belief that ALL women are beautiful, Butterfly Sundries’ seeks to feature diverse representations of beauty in this collection- increasing the visibility and positive representations of often-ignored women.
While Butterfly Sundries’ original jewelry collections usually start with a charity to which a portion of the proceeds will be donated, The Dancing Woman Collection is a jewelry line without an official cause. The collection was inspired, initially, by the wonderful work done by a large 501c3 which, as part of one of their campaigns, used music and dancing to bring awareness to domestic violence issues. But, during the initial design phase, the collection evolved to become so much more.
I am, personally, passionate about a great number of issues. Media literacy is important to me and I strongly believe that representation matters. Seeing positive body representations of all shapes, sizes and abilities help to normalize and generate acceptance of all forms of beauty (many of which are often ignored or marginalized by our society).
My designs in this collection have been influenced by the work of Jean Kilbourne (she has made a huge impact on my view of women in the media since I first became aware of her work in 2000; I highly recommend her Killing Us Softly videos if you ever get the chance to see them). As a voluptuous woman, myself, I surround myself with information and the work of communities and non-profits which promote body positivity for all persons; these communities have also been inspirational in my designs. It was very important to me to create a space where, in these designs, positive visibility for women with disabilities was created (yes, I am one).
Women are beautiful, powerful and inspiring. Dancing, for me, is an act of beauty, strength and, sometimes, rebellion. Also, it is a way of giving oneself permission to fill space with one’s own beauty and self-expression. I would hope that every woman will embrace that powerful act.