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, showcasing the work of these artists, designers, and craftivists:
Here's Some Ways to Get Involved in this Exhibition!
Making Change will also invite all visitors and community members to get involved by making something that makes a difference.
Make a Welcome Blanket
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.
Makers can choose to write their messages of welcome as they like or choose to follow the message template Zweiman created. For those who are new to the process, but would like to participate Zweiman has created a step by step tutorial and provided patterns.
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.
MODA will be receiving blankets until September 9 when the exhibition ends.
Blankets and welcome messages can be delivered to the museum or mailed to MODA at 1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.
If you have any questions, please contact Janelle Miniter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participate in Badass HERStory
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 are 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.
For those who want to participate in this project in the MODA galleries, the museum will supply fabric, embroidery floss, needles, and embroidery hoops.
Want to stitch your story at home? You can drop it off at MODA or mail it to us at Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.