there's not a machine in the world that can make them. You have a personal relationship with every bead on there because you have to put your hands on every last one to get it onto a needle and onto the suit. I often tell people to note that a person you see wearing one of these suits is wearing a year of their life. It takes an entire year to complete one. All the way up until the morning you go out the door, you're still working.
Each person can choose their own meaning. Every year you feel different. You grow more, you mature. So the story you choose to tell in your pictures and art changes as you grow. We make a new one every year because it expresses the story we want to tell that year. You pick unique stories that are unique to you, that relate back to African-Americans, Haitians, Native American stories of the past. And you convey whatever you're feeling through the images.