Since 2013 collaborative duo of Vancouver-based artists, Lori Weidenhammer and Lois Klassen, known as the Slofemists, have been slowly producing feminism in the everyday. This has involved collective sewing, potluck selfcare, and dialogue about ways to intervene to mend ecological problems, human rights issues, and ways of working in strength as women or marginalized artists. One outcome of this itinerant project is a textile covering called Slofa –a patchwork of linen panels embroidered made by many using with the project’s own feminist patterns. When Slofa covers a couch or a floor, a place for the slow and collective work of feminism is made. Slofemists have appeared at events and exhibitions at Moberly Community Centre (including a Slofemists Free Spa), Kamloops Art Gallery, Strathcona Field House Ensemble (Vancouver Park Board), Surface Design Association of Alberta (John Snow House, Calgary), and more.
Most of the work of the Slofemists has taken place on land that is now known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but is in fact unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As settler sewers we are humbled by the long journey toward justice for Indigenous peoples, upon whose territories we work and live. Slofemists are committed to respectfully joining the journey in learning and in action.
Slofemists participants and partners include: Deanne Achong, Arlee Barr, Melissa Bartier, Kriss Boggild, Ryan Chantree, Cyndy Chwelos, Frederick Cummings, Erika DeFreitas, Elisa Ferrari, Susan Gardner, Karen Gomes, Jasna Guy, Linda Hawke, Jen Hiebert, John Snow House, Wendy Klotz, Karin Millison, Moberly Arts And Cultural Centre, Cindy Mochizuki, Jem Nobel, Wendy Oberlander, Lexie Owen, Rebecca Pasch, Kirsty Robertson, Shirley Salomon, Strathcona Field House Ensemble, Surface Design Association Alberta, Christina Thomas, Mary Lou Trinkwon, w.h. maki yi, Yukon Studios, Elisa Yon