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Art Project for International Women's Day - Sew What?

By FLcs 09 Feb 2021

SEW WHAT? 
A participatory mindful sewing event running between International Women's Day to Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.

THEME
To celebrate women's achievements and develop mindful stitching as a way to manage anxiety and connect with others.

YES YOU
You do not have to be a stitcher, crafter or have ever threaded a needle can you make a mark? Then, you're in!

WOMEN IN LOCKDOWN
A project for anyone who identifies as a woman and feels lonely, isolated, bored, fed-up, anxious, uninspired, or out of love with their arts and crafts practice

Stitching has been a means for women to communicate their joys, abuse, grief, and rights through samplers, story cloths, quilts, and procession banners. Together we will repurpose the Processions suffrage sashes, donated by Artichoke, from being used to commemorate women’s past struggles to one that highlights women’s current struggles

COST
Free!

HOW IT WORKS
Around International Women's Day, you will receive a special mindful stitching gift containing everything needed to become part of the tribe, you will cut three ribbons from the fabric that you receive and:

  • keep one for yourself
  • give one to a woman that you know who could benefit from joining SEW WHAT?
  • send one back to me (as soon as you can in the SAE) to be part of a large commemorative art piece launched on Mental Health Awareness Week

You will stitch on your ribbons any word or words that you have never had said to you but have always longed to hear.  You are going to give yourself the gift of these words through stitch because it is easier to absorb the stitches and design can be as fancy as you choose, and can be completed whenever or wherever you would like all that is asked is that you stitch slowly, enjoying the rhythm, having some precious time away from thoughts or feelings that you need space from.

Group workshops will be held virtually and dates will be sent to all participants who supply their email address, to stitch along natter and share, you will also have the chance to upload your creations to appear in the SEW WHAT? gallery and see your contribution in the final collective artwork that I will create using your pieces. Additional resources such as mindful music, inspirational poetry, meditation will also be used to access whenever you need.

Sign up here

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