ALL THE FREAKY PEOPLE MAKE THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD (Michael Franti)
So, if you’ve been busy making things for good causes – awesome!
But some days you feel a little angry and feisty-so here are a few ways to express those feelings in a productive way as a maker.
Wikipedia defines Craftivism as a form of activism, typically incorporating elements of anti-capitalism, environmentalism or third-wave feminism, that is centered on practices of craft – or what can traditionally be referred to as “domestic arts”. Craftivism includes, but is not limited to, various forms of needlework. Craftivism is a social process of collective empowerment, action, expression and negotiation. In craftivism, engaging in the social, performative and critical discourse around the work is central to its production and dissemination.  Practitioners are known as craftivists.
Let’s make our voice heard!
THREADS OF RESISTANCE
The Artist Circle presents “Threads of Resistance,” a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies.
They invite you to consider the theme “Threads of Resistance,” and create work – fiber art, art quilts, modern quilts or traditional quilts – to convey your passion, anger, or sadness about an issue that concerns you. Your work can be either positive (encouraging and unifying), or negative (portraying anger, sadness or discouragement).
NASTY WOMEN ART EXHIBITION CHICAGO
Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. With over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad, Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization and resistance.
In solidarity with sister shows around the globe, come together for Nasty Women Art Chicago: A one-night exhibition and fundraiser to hear and support the voices of artists identifying as Nasty Women.
March 5 Contribute.
Call for artwork begins March 5 for Illinois residents and March 19 for the general public. Spread the word…
May 5 Collect.
Moonlight Studios, 1446 W Kinzie 5:30-10:30pm. Acquire art. Experience the event. Get inspired. We are…
PEACE-DE –RESISTANCE MITTENS
All proceeds from this pattern will be donated monthly to a rotating list of charities that work to make life better for ALL people, not just those in power. These will include Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock Legal Defense Funds, Days for Girls, Environmental Defense Fund, Trans Youth Equality Foundation, Engender Health, Flint Kids, and more.
YOU ARE SO VERY BEAUTIFUL
All it takes are three tiny things:
- Make a sign (no bigger than palm size, please) that contains an affirmation starting with “You are” on it. Although all types of handmade signs are welcome, for the museum show, we need stitched signs. If you’d like to make other types of signs, we can use them in Atlanta!
- Tag: It’s up to you if you tag it with your @social_media_handle, but please tag it the back of the sign with #yasvb.
- Send the sign(s) to the following address:
P.O. Box 51816
Durham NC 27717
Want to do a drop in your town? Find out how I can help or how you can do it DIY style here!
For more information about the idea behind the You Are So Very Beautiful project, click here.
CRAFTIVIST COLLECTIVE MINI BANNER
Fly solidarity’s flag for those suffering as a result of the world’s injustices. Craft your own banner, turn heads and influence change.
Imagine walking down the street and spotting a colourful cross-stitched banner out of the corner of your eye. You stop to look more closely and discover a startling fact about human rights abuses, or perhaps an encouraging quote urging you to be the change you want to see in the world
Shop Talks at Lillstreet.
Lillstreet’s new event series: Shop Talk. This is a project spearheaded by our very own Nora Renick-Rinehart, Kimberly Pancoast (the Digital Department Director) and Kate Bek (Head of Promotions for Lill) that is the manifestation of our frustration with the current political climate. It’s our way of staying motivated, engaging our communities and raising money for local organizations. The ceramics department is kicked off the series with a workshop this Friday night.
Pussyhat Virtual Global March!
Let’s join together in support and solidarity for women’s rights! Whether you are marching, striking or wish you could, you can participate in Pussyhat Global Virtual March. This is opportunity to share with feminists around the world what you care about, and to witness others around the world and better understand their concerns. Share information about local issues or global ones. The more we see and know, the more we can support each other!
Join Pussyhat Virtual Global March!
1. Wear! Put on your #pussyhat on March 8 wherever you are,
2. Declare! Make a sign about where you are from and a women’s rights issue that is important to you
3. Share! Take a picture of you wearing your pussyhat and holding your sign and post to social media using #pussyhatglobal (preferred), or email it to us at email@example.com.
You can follow the march on social media or our homepage: www.pussyhatproject.com
Get Together at a Pussyhat Gathering!
We encourage you to find or form your own Pussyhat Gathering before, on, or after March 8.
Pussyhat Gatherings are an opportunity for people to come together and make pussyhats – symbols of solidarity and support for women’s rights. By getting together, making and giving pussyhats, participants are creating community and helping create a strong powerful statement.
Pussyhat Gatherings can be traditional knitting circles, or knit-ins as parts of protests, marches, boycotts, demonstrations, rallies, or strikes. If you are interested in forming a group, contact your Local Yarn Store to see if they can host a space or meet up at a designated time somewhere else. Your event could be a gathering at a park, library, city hall, place of worship, town hall meeting, rally, coffee shop, bar, yarn store, waiting room, hockey rink, mountain top, or anywhere else you can assemble.
If you want to share information about your gathering, you can post here: https://www.pussyhatproject.com/gatherings/. By posting on our website, you are creating a way for more people near and far to find out about your event and potentially join you. Anyone hosting — individuals, groups, and local ally yarn stores — is welcome to post! In case you are concerned, you can limit the number of people who can RSVP to an event.
Safety note: As with anything on the internet, always be careful. Choose to host or go to events in a public place or a place you trust. Bring a friend! Charge your phone! If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it! Our GATHERINGS page is a place where hosts can list their own events- we have not vetted them. We also understand that different cultures have different safety issues- we know that some groups may not be able to publicly list their events.
SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
We would love to know more about you. Please share with us links to articles (especially local ones), photos of you in your pussyhat, artwork you have created, original uses of pussyhats, yarn bombings, etc. It is thrilling to see all of your creativity, passion, and humor.
Would you like to help us prepare for our march on social media? We are looking for drawings/collages/etc. in square format of you, in a pussyhat, holding a sign in your native language, and declaring where you are from and what you are for. The image can be as simple or complicated as you would like. Please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchase your #DoNotTrumpStitch items here on etsy.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood! Shipping is on me!
If you stitch up the pattern, please share and tag it with #DoNotTrumpStitch
So many ways we can stay active, engaged and making!
It felt like so much progress was being made and in our complacency, we forgot that we need to fight.
We need to fight for beauty and diversity and the freedom to be who we are.
We cannot take it for granted
Just by being who we are-by making our own clothes, quilts, art…We help create models for a diverse world.
Fight for it everyday by being your freaky self…
Knit, meditate, love, dye your hair purple or your fabric, hold hands with the one you love, be free. Be who you and be proud.
We are all still here and together we will change this world.
Hold tight to your values and the ones you love.
Talk to people you don’t know, who are different from you.
Get out in those streets and protest, but also do it in your simple actions.
Be who you are and help to build this great big beautiful and freaky world!
-Rachael Russ, Monitor.
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