Craftivism 101 with Bad Ass Cross Stitch – Feminist Icons
One-session course for adults
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered up with Badass Cross Stitch AKA Shannon Downey to offer free Craftivism 101 classes every month.
In August, we’ll be working on projects that celebrate our favorite feminist icons, from Michelle Obama to Beyonce and Greta Thunberg to Audre Lorde.
Familiarize yourself with the crafts, learn to embroider, sew something shiny, and make new friends, all in just 2 hours!
Handcrafted activism has been used as a tool for resistance, coalition building and even espionage! Learn from Shannon Downey, a leader of the modern craft movement. She’ll provide you with an introduction to craftivism, teach you how to embroider, and have you stab him in no time. It ensures that you leave feeling better than when you logged in.
Below is both the ideal supply list and a hack list for some of the more common household items. This event is free, but you must register in advance to receive Zoom login information.
Ideal supply list:
Cotton fabric in light colors
22 gauge tapestry needle
Water soluble marker pen
Embroidery design – * not a cross stitch design (if desired)
If you don’t have an embroidery hoop, then a sturdy material will come in handy … jeans or canvas
Any type of sewing needle will do. In order of preference: tapestry, embroidery, sewing
If you don’t have embroidery floss, sewing thread will do.
No water soluble marker? a charcoal pencil or any pencil will do, a pen if all else fails
Or, you can always buy a simple kit like this.
This program takes place entirely online.
This event is free, but participation is limited, so make sure you can attend when registering. Or, if you register and find you are unable to attend, please email [email protected] to let us know so we can gift your spot to someone else.
This project is supported by a grant from the Craft Futures Fund of the Center for Craft.
About Shannon Downey aka Badass Cross Stitch
Shannon is an artist, activist, craftivist, community builder and general instigator. She blends politics, activism and art in projects designed to inspire others to take action, think, discuss, engage with democracy and their community, and find a digital / analog balance.
She is queer, anti-racist, feminist, anti-capitalist, highly political and committed to growth, learning, honesty and doing whatever I can to make this world a fair one. Her art generally addresses what she calls “the three great” systems of oppression: white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. She is nomadic, lives in her motorhome and travels to the United States. You can read all about it here.
1315 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30309 United States
Mon: Closed Tue: Closed Wed: 12pm – 7pm Thursday: 12pm – 7pm Fri: 12pm – 7pm Sat: 12pm – 7pm Sun: 12pm – 7pm
404.979.6455 [email protected]
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