Saturday 9 February 2013

Starting small

Mostly I sew because I enjoy it - the creative aspect, the practical process of actually putting something together, and the tangible result of that work.

I'm not sure if exercising that creative part of my brain that doesn't usually get used a lot has opened me up to looking at things differently, but lately I have been thinking about some bigger issues, and wanting to express my thoughts and feelings through the things I make.  I don't plan to stop making things just for the sheer enjoyment of doing so, but I also want to make things that are meaningful to me.

This post from C at completely cauchy encouraged me to stop just thinking about it, and start doing.

So, what have I come up with?  Well, I recently read about the One Billion Rising project, with events taking place this Valentine's Day all over the world.

paper pieced pouch

For me, the idea of one billion people standing together against violence toward women is a very powerful and positive one.

black and white zip pouch

I also really like that its held on Valentine's Day.  To me, standing up for a cause I believe in is much more meaningful than the frankly anxiety-inducing usual Valentine's Day rituals.

open wide pouch interior

This pouch is a rather literal representation of my feelings - to take a stand, to be part of something bigger than my own immediate concerns, and to rise up against violence towards women.

Will you be one of the One Billion Rising this February 14?  I will.  To find an event near you, click here.    This is not just an event for women, so if you are, or your significant other is, a man opposed to violence against women, don't be afraid to attend.

Sewing details - pouch made from Noodlehead's open wide pouch tutorial, in the largest size.  Paper piecing and lettering of my own design.  Linking up with TGIFF, this week hosted by Kit Lang - Art and Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.


Ann @thequiltingcats said...

It's really cute bag! One Billion Rising is a wonderful event! I agree with you. We need creativity and giving in our lives to balance out the hectic responsible side of us. One day... hopefully violence will be a long forgotten memory.

Chelsie C said...

Beautiful bag! I love the paper piecing on the front.

cauchy09 said...

oh, this is lovely! great lettering, great purpose.

Kit Lang said...

Lovely pouch with a great message!

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Great pouch! Thanks for the info too, I'm totally not into the whole valentines thing but I wholeheartedly agree about standing up for such a great cause.

Anna said...

That is such a great bag and such a great cause! Thanks for sharing the info about it :)

Lynette said...

Wow - You made such a gorgeous statement item! Really love the fabrics. Going to go check out the event you linked. :)

Kirsten said...

Fabulous pouch - and such an important message!

Wickless Ann said...

I love the message and love the bag!