What is Craftivism? I define it as hand-made social change.

Boys will be Boys

The past few days have been bananas (I mean...I'm in Vogue y'all!) . My piece went viral in response to the Harvey Weinstein bullshit. I have gotten THOUSANDS of request for that piece and/or that message in product form. You all clearly connected with the message. I can't possibly stitch that many pieces (unless I become a hermit and stitch for like 10 years straight...and you know I love you but even I have my limits). I think I have done the next best thing.

I set up a RedBubble store with two collections. The first has a bunch of products with the original expression on them. The other one has products without the curse word. Essentially, I have licensed my design and selected the products but I don't do any of the printing, shipping or customer service. I get between 5% and 20% per sale. I AM NOT KEEPING THIS MONEY. I have no intention of benefiting financially from this. I will be donating it to the amazing nonprofit I work for, Advancing Justice | Chicago. That way I can be certain every penny of your purchase will go directly to positively impacting immigrant and refugee women and girls. I'll provide proof. 

I want you to be happy. I want you to rock the message. I want you to take a stand. I want your funds to go to an organization making change. I want to use this moment and my 1 second of almost internet fame to create change and have impact. 

Boys will be Boys Embroidery
redbubble store

Happy shopping! I'll keep you posted. 

<3 Shannon

 
 
 

Women's March

Chicago 

I can't explain how full of joy and hope I am after participating in the Chicago Women's March. Holy shit that was a powerful start to the resistance! I stitched my sign (of course). It got quite a bit of attention on the interwebs and at the march. Craftivism is powerful.

 

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Community Craftivism Project - #EndGunViolence

What a success!

You astounded me friends! The results of our #EndGunViolence craftivism project were unbelievable!

  • 200 pieces of fiber art submitted from 10 countries and 40 states
  • The opening reception of the gallery show was INSANE with hundreds of people in attendance
  • A $2,000 faculty grant from Columbia College to fund the show
  • We raised OVER $5,000 to support Project F.I.R.E.
  • Our free community embroidery workshop + discussion was at capacity (and provided some much needed post-election processing)
  • The Project FIRE youth sold EVERY SINGLE PIECE of their glass art AND learned how to embroider

I can't applaud you any harder. I love you.

about project fire

Project F.I.R.E. (Fearless Initiative for Recovery and Empowerment) is an artist development employment program that offers healing through glass blowing to youth injured by gun violence in Chicago. Project F.I.R.E. combines glass arts education, mentoring and trauma psychoeducation in order to support trauma recovery and create employment opportunities for young people who have been shot or witnessed the homicide of a loved one.

 

Some photos of the events:

 
 
Opening night reception!

Opening night reception!

 
 
Project FIRE embroidery workshop

Project FIRE embroidery workshop

 
 
Opening night reception

Opening night reception

 
 
Free community embroidery workshop and dialogue

Free community embroidery workshop and dialogue

 
 
The Project FIRE, ArtReach and Badass Cross Stitch team!

The Project FIRE, ArtReach and Badass Cross Stitch team!