Accessorize this!

In 2005 I was horrified by a photograph of two young women wearing civilian clothing, walking down a street in Jerusalem, both carrying automatic guns as casually as if they were handbags. That photograph inspired this textile art,  Accessorize!

I hand-painted the guns on the fabric then sewed the nightie according to a pattern I purchased. The gun was more difficult: I created my own pattern and hand-sewed the gun complete with shoulder strap.

The ensemble is displayed here on a borrowed — legless — mannequin sitting on top of a cylinder formerly used as packaging for Cadbury’s cellophane. I purchased the cylinder, cut it down to size and painted it with Johnson And Friends characters for my son when he was little. Here, for the sake of Art, I’ve covered the cylinder in white paper.

— Nalini Haynes