When I created this illustration I thought about how it would come together for weeks before I actually put a 'pen to paper'. From the very beginning, I was all in my head about it. The flag. The making of America, America as a symbol of freedom, the thread as hair. A spool of hair. Not just any hair, kinky hair. Tough hair. Resilient hair. Her expression, her posture, how her hands would lay on the flag, should she be rough or gentle?