Monday, February 29

Weekend Craftivism, 5.4 Million and Counting, #DrawTheLine

This weekend was pretty nice.

We held a game day on Saturrday, so lots of games were played.   Nothing as Euro-y as I'd like, but it was still pretty fun.

I also managed to finish a lot of the binding on some needlebooks I'm working on.   I might have pictures of them soon.  I'm really pleased on how they're coming out (particularly because I'm not great at binding yet).

But on Sunday,  I had a small Get Together and we stitched for the 5.4 Million and Counting project, which is also being used for the Draw The Line challenge.  I even had Mimosas as a "fuck you" to the CDC and their victim blaming infographic (which has been taken down).   Our pieces won't make it to the main quilt event (Monday/today is the deadline to be received), but they are continuing to accept submissions after that since the decision will probably take a little bit to be rendered.

Here's the blurb:
On March 2nd, 2016, the United States Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights casein almost 25 years. The decision will determine whether Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state and prevent 5.4 million women of reproductive age from accessing the healthcare they need.
Using craft as activism, artist Chi Nguyen — in partnership with the Textile Arts Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights — is holding a series of stitch-ins to make physical the number of women whose right to safe and legal abortion is currently at risk. With each line representing an individual woman, the 5.4 Million and Counting project is only finished when all 5.4 million lines are embroidered.
I waffled back and forth on how I wanted to do my piece.   People were doing different colors, stitching hashmarks so that the overall piece looked like shapes (like hearts).  Some people were doing HUGE hashmarks, and some were doing tinies.

I did decide that I wanted it to look primitive and sloppy.   Kind of like how lives are messy in general.   If only everything everywhere and in every way were neat and tidy, things would be so much better, right?

And then I decided to stay small and just do as many as I could (though I went larger eventually).   And I like how it looks like a prisoner's hashmarks of doing their time, because that's how I feel some days as a woman in America.   I'm happy with my result.

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And now I need work on my Stitch for Syria.   #Craftivism, yay!

8 comments:

  1. Wow, thank you for the info, I hadn't seen this and I'm sorry to have missed it. Congrats on getting such a huge piece done and I hope it helps.

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    1. I think any little thing helps, even "slacktivism", actually. But being able to do something tangible made me feel really good; I can't think of anything I would do that will help, so maybe giving effort in a way that can bee seen will help? And Thank you! :)

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  2. Cool idea I love your interpretation!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate it!

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  3. Good for you getting a piece in; your interpretation is great. I hope to see the 5.4 million lines when they're finished.

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm following the project on social media outlets, so I'm hoping to see some of the grander results as well.

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  4. Great work! They look very striking in that small size but covering the fabric. We call them "tally marks" in England from the old days when shepherds would keep a tally of their sheep by scratching a line on a rock or a mark on paper. Useful piece of trivia there!

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    1. I love trivia! I think that's interesting - I always love how language changes from place to place.

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