Embroidery to remember the disappeared
Craftivism is about taking what you make or can make and using it to give voice to people who can't speak for themselves. Hands can make more of a statement than countless words sometimes do. This is very apparent in the case of the latest project to stride bravely onto the Craftivism scene.
Desconocida Unknown Ukjent, by artist Lise Bjorne, is an ongoing community art project that uses embroidery to highlight the plight of the growing number of women who disappear on the border between Mexico and the USA.
Since 1993 there have been 800 documented cases in the area but unofficial numbers suspect many many more. The cases go unsolved due in part to the Mexican Government remaining passive, and often hindering the process of justice.
Workshops on July 24th at London's Pallant House Gallery invite you to embroider labels containing the names of the dead and missing women of Juarez. These will be exhibited in the Contemporary Eye: Crossovers in October.
So far 2100 individuals in 27 countries have so far participated in the project. If you feel strongly then join them to speak out with your craft.