I’ve decided to donate 5% of my 2021 sales to Black & Pink (www.blackandpink.org). From their website: “Black & Pink National is a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.”
This is something I have wanted to do for a while, I couldn’t decide how to structure the donation, and which good cause (there are so so many) to focus on. I want to make my work do some work to support a cause I care about. My weaving style doesn’t lend itself to incorporating social critiques into the woven pieces themselves. I’m not planning to start weaving “BLM” into the borders of my hand-towels or my scarves. But I want to more openly express support for making radical changes to our capital punishment system and supporting the communities affected by mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.
I didn’t come to this all on my own, of course. I’m constantly inspired by so many other artists and makers who combine the passion for making with raising their voices for change.And so, I’m happy to join the struggle to push our world into a kinder shape.