More recently, I have been exploring Craftivism, a form of activism centred on practices of craft, and exploring how I can embed my values in my art. At the start of 2021, in the height of a second lockdown, I wanted to take a different route with my practice and decided to create a new piece focused on supporting trans rights (pictured above).
Transphobia is the UK has, and continues to be, on the rise. It is so important for us as allies to use our privilege and platforms to support and protect the trans community. Currently, there is action to ensure a ban on conversion therapy in the UK includes gender identity as well as sexual orientation. To find out how you can support, head to Mermaids’ website.
Putting needle to fabric, I slowly and meditatively stitched a message of immense importance, embodying the words as they formed. Since finishing this first piece, I have gone on to create others and now sell pieces on my Etsy, with a percentage of the sales being donated to Mermaids to continue my support.
With this in mind, I designed three patch templates for the sessions: a trans flag, a text piece with the words ‘TRANS RIGHTS’ and the mermaid tail from the Mermaids logo to make the designs bespoke. The text and mermaid tail template were kept simple to allow participants to put their own creative flair on the designs.