Since 2013 the collaborative duo of Vancouver-based artists, Lori Weidenhammer and Lois Klassen, known as the Slofemists, have been slowly producing feminism(s) in the everyday. Their activities and events have involved collective sewing, potluck self care, 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.
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.
2019 - Stitch and Time, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
2016 – Mourning, Mending, Making for The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, with Status of Women Committee, Ron Burnett Library and Learning Commons, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
2016 – The Library Project with Margaret Dragu, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC.
2014, 2015 – Moberly Community Centre, Vancouver, BC.
2014 – Textile Institute with Lexie Owen, Emily Carr University.
2013 – The Strathcona Fieldhouse with Cindy Mochizuki, Vancouver Park Board, Vancouver.
2013 – Surface Design Association of Alberta, John Snow House, Calgary, AB.
Slofemists participants and partners include: Deanne Achong, Arlee Barr, Melissa Bartier, Kriss Boggild, Ryan Chantree, Cyndy Chwelos, Frederick Cummings, Erika DeFreitas, Dunlop Art, 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