Join us on Wednesday, March 13, for a Badass HERSTORY Workshop with the Badass herself, Shannon Downey!
In the summer of 2018, during our exhibition, Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism, we hosted Shannon Downey’s (aka Badass Cross Stitch) project Badass HERstory and invited exhibition visitors to participate by stitching their story and hanging it on the gallery wall.
Now the Badass herself is coming to town and is inviting 30 of you badasses to join her for a HERstory workshop! Experienced stitchers and novices alike are welcome to join. All supplies needed to stitch your story and contribute it to the project will be supplied by MODA.
The $10 fee covers materials. You can drop-in any time during this event.
About the Badass HERstory Project
Badass HERstory is a craftivism (craft+activism) project meant to empower individuals, build community, and reshape narrative. This project will provide an opportunity for folks to learn a new skill set with deep female roots (embroidery), to participate as global activists building off of and expanding the momentum of the equality movement, as well as, the incentive to put down their devices and create something meaningful with their hands and hearts.
Participants will be asked to share “their story” onto a 12 x 12 inch piece of fabric (with a 1" blank margin). These panels will then be sewn together and used to skin 3-dimensional structures in what will become a massive public art installation. Additionally, there will be an interactive, robust, digital catalog which will include photos of each piece and context from every contributor.
The project is open to all women, female-identified, and gender nonbinary humans on the planet. www.BadassHERstory.com
About Shannon Downey, AKA Badass Cross Stitch
Shannon Downey, better known as Badass Cross Stitch, is a community organizer disguised as a fiber artist and craftivist. She blends her politics, activism, and art into projects that are designed to inspire others to take action, think, discuss, engage with democracy and their community, and find some digital/analog balance. Her work has recently been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Time, Money, Bust, Refinery29, Fast Company, and Elle to name a few. Shannon is adjunct faculty at DePaul University and Columbia College. She is the Director of Development for Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago and the Founder of SeriouslyBadassWomen.com. She's currently writing her first book. She drinks a lot of coffee.