Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism
June 3 - September 9, 2018
Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism. Across the globe, artists and crafters armed with traditional materials like yarn, glue guns, quilt patterns, sewing needles, X-ACTO knives, and other tools are using their hands to protest social and political inequalities and injustices.
The time spent on these works shows the dedication to creating pieces that evoke emotion and promote discussion. By sharing ideas expressed through the work of their hands, these artists and crafters aim to make you think, explore and take note.
MODA’s Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism exhibition will explore this movement.
The exhibition will also invite all visitors and community members to get involved by making something that makes a difference by joining in participatory projects like these:
Los Angeles-based designer and artist Jayna Zweiman developed Welcome Blanket to inspire creative and critical responses to current issues around immigration, cultural displacement, and geographic relocation. Zweiman hopes to accumulate enough blankets to span the same distance as the proposed 2,000-mile border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, thereby re-imagining it as "2,000 Miles of Warm Welcome."
In order to participate in this project, individuals are invited to sew, quilt, crochet, or knit 40 x 40inch blankets and package them together with their own story of immigration, migration, or relocation, as well as with words of welcome for immigrants or refugees who are our new neighbors, and send or bring them to MODA.
The museum will serve as a receiving station where blankets are sorted, catalogued, and exhibited. Over time, as the blankets accumulate, the space will evolve into a vibrant installation of crowd-sourced creations. Guests are invited to spend time knitting and sewing, telling stories, and sharing resources.
At the end of the Making Change exhibition, the blankets received at MODA will be distributed to immigrants and refugees along with the notes of welcome written by their makers.
Shannon Downey, known across the internet as Badass Cross Stitch, is an artist, craftivist, community organizer, and general instigator. She recently launched Badass HERstory, a global craftivism project meant to capture and share the stories of women, female-identified, and gender non-binary humans through fiber art. Her aim is to empower individuals, build community, and reshape narrative.
MODA visitors will be invited to participate in this crowd-sourced project by stitching their story on a 12 x 12" piece of fabric and adding it to the other stories created by Atlanta craftivists.
This exhibition is curated by Betsy Greer, author of Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism and curated by Susan Sanders.
Participating artists, designers, and craftivists include:
- Gina Adams
- Chawne Kimber
- Jessica Wohl
- Democratic Cup
- Combat Paper Project
- Roberto Lugo
- Sabba Elahi
- Michele Pred
- Protest Banner Lending Library
- Lauri Lynnxe Murphy
- Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
- Social Justice Sewing Academy
- Natalie Baxter
- Teresita de la Torre
- Jeana Eve Klein
- NCAA Net Works - Maria Molteni
- Jaime Carrejo
- Marion Coleman
- Bonnie Peterson
- Kathryn Clark
- Ehren Tool
- Shalene Valenzuela
- Roxana Alger Geffen
- Merritt Johnson
- Exquisite Uterus Project
- Badass Cross Stitch / Shannon Downey
- Jayna Zweiman
- Iviva Olenick
- Miriam Klein Stahl
- LJ Roberts
- Jamaal Barber