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Hand Stitched + Hand Carved | Still + Moving Imagery

The Ritual

Rituals, engrained within humanity since it's foundation, are categorized as religious or solemn ceremonies consisting of a series of actions;  Each stitch is the count of a rosary bead, each cut is the throw of coconut shells. With both  Catholic and Folk influences, much of Handfast Hotel's content is a discussion of female sexuality in a patriarchal space. 


Vagmata enamel pin

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Si no sanas hoy,

sanarás mañana

Commissioned work

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Interested in commissioning a hand embroidered piece on a jacket of your own? 

  Photo by Daniel Robert Juenemann

Photo by Daniel Robert Juenemann


The Artist

Deb Leal is a Chicana multi-media artist based in San Francisco, CA.  She graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) in 2011.