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Creative Uprising

Of marching and mending

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What: "A Day of Mending"

When: 12 pm Sat., Jan. 20

Where: Social Fabric, 1302 Commercial St.

Cost: Free; please register in advance, as space is limited

Info: (360) 733-1323 or http://www.socialfabricart.com

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

At last year’s Women’s March on Bellingham, the streets of the downtown core were packed to the gills with citizens of varying ages, ethnicities, sexualities and genders. If the many thousands of humans who joined the throng hadn’t been there to give voice to the fact that they were opposed to the pussy-grabbing, climate-change-denying, racist septuagenarian who had recently been elected to the highest office in the land, the sunny January day would’ve been a splendid one.

That said, coming together with fellow humans to give visual and vocal support to an America many had hoped was moving beyond racial divides and party lines was empowering, and those in attendance were vastly creative in the ways they opposed the coming administration.

Some residents carried simple, hand-painted signs with sentiments such as “Girls just wanna have fundamental rights” to “Equality for all!” “Truth matters” and “Respect choice,” while others went a step further. One woman wore a long white coat emblazoned on the back with the phrase “We were all babies. We all had mothers. So please…return the favor,” while another proudly carried the image of a naked woman, legs spread, with the word “LOVE” behind her and a rainbow-hued peace sign emblazoned on her crotch.

Also on view were plenty of hot-pink, hand-stitched “pussy hats”—which were already on their way to becoming a symbol of support for both women’s rights and political resistance. (The Pussyhat Project, http://www.pussyhatproject.com, defines itself as a “social movement focused on raising awareness about women’s issues and advancing human rights by promoting dialogue and innovation through the arts, education and intellectual discourse.”)

If you’ve put your hat away, dig it out of your closet for this year’s March on Bellingham, which begins at 10am Sat., Jan. 20 in front of City Hall. If you want to get even more creative, show up for a sign-making party taking place from 5-9pm Fri., Jan. 19 at Boscoe’s, 118 W. Holly St. Organizers will be providing materials to craft your masterful missive, but you’re welcome to bring along some of your own art supplies, as well.

On the day of the march, Social Fabric will also be hosting “A Day of Mending” from 12-5pm at their lovely locale on Commercial Street, and it’s no coincidence that it’s taking place on the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.

Based on Yoko Ono’s 2015 “Mend Piece”—a collaborative mending of shattered ceramic works at two Chelsea galleries in New York City—the event encourages attendees to bring sewing and craft projects they’ve been putting off for an afternoon of collective and personal mending.

“The format is drawn from the traditionally feminine practice of the sewing circle,” a recent press release read. “And, in what’s been an especially rough, yet empowering year for women, it seems like a powerful format to heal some damage.”

Those who sign up in advance can come and go throughout the day, and should be prepared to discuss current events as they work on their projects—which, if you’re so inclined, could include mending your pussy hat, creating a banner for a future march or simply hemming a pair of your favorite jeans. Bring your materials, and then put them to use.

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