(PHOTOS - A. Barr)
Thank you to Linda Hawke, Karen Millison, Arlee Barr and everyone involved in the Surface Design Association of Alberta
for hosting the inaugural Slofemist
s event at John Snow House in Calgary (October 17, 2013).
There were a number of questions during and after about how the project works (will work) and about how to get involved outside of Slofemists events. So here to set the record straight:
The Slofemists advocates for unhurried attention to feminism now. Slofemists believe that embroidery enables slow and enduring discussions and thinking, to awaken or reawaken, and to circulate, feminisms in lives lived now.
So Slofemists are making embroidered squares that will become a patchwork Slofa cover, as a prop to support future Slofemist events and performances. If you would like to make a patch for the Slofa, the specifications are as follows:
- The patchwork will be made up of about 200 embroidered linen squares (16x16"). If you need a square to work on, contact me. You can also source your own fabric square. Linen is best, but good quality cotton will also be accepted.
- Embroider onto the square a new feminist embrodery pattern that you have designed or developed. Make something that reflects your connection to feminism. It could relate to someone's work (a tribute?), or it could be a way of visually marking an important event or fact, for example.
- Or, embroider one of the patterns that are already developed for Slofemists. There are 3 so far. Contact me if you would like one of these patterns.
- If you make your own pattern, let us know if you want it to enter the Slofemist archive. If we get enough patterns we will try to produce them as a book. Patterns can include stories about the subject in the patters, including references to other texts or sources. All patterns in the Slofemist archive are subject to a creative commons license, described at the end of the post. We will help to make the pattern ready for printing and circulation.
- Patterns and finished squares can be mailed to: Slofemists, #204-2075 Yukon St., Vancouver Canada, V5Y 3W3.
- Patterns and completed squares can be mailed in at any time. The deadline is August 30 2014. Before that, watch this website for notice of more Slofemist embroidery events.
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