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