Cotton bandana in 2 colors: black and brown. Printed with discharge ink.
The bandana is 60 x 60 cm (approximately 24×24 inches).
The motivation to make this illustration was to denounce violence against women. That’s why 5 euros of each sold bandana will be donated to The Women’s Refuge Cocon. The refuge is a secret house that provides protection, shelter and support to women and their children who suffer from domestic violence (and abuse) in their families.
TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual abuse
According to an old Greek myth, Philomela was raped by her sister’s husband. She wanted to expose him, so he cut her tongue therefor she couldn’t tell anyone. Unable to speak Philomena then wove a tapestry to show her sister what her husband did to her. She was relentless on her quest for revenge and this angered her rapist. The man decided to kill her to silence her forever. The gods were very upset and they helped Philomena by turning her into a nightingale that flew away, escaping from her abuser. In her bird form she was able to finally sing her story. Because of the violence associated with the myth, the song of the nightingale is often depicted as beautiful and sorrowful.
I have made this illustration as a form of support to those women who choose to tell their story, recover their voices and resist those forces which attempt to silence them.
There is absolutely no obligation to speak up or denounce your abuser. Just know that, if you decide to do, you are not alone. I believe in you.