Hello readers, sorry it has been so long, living life and all that stuff. I could go on but I’d rather just start posting about amazing and important projects others are doing in lieu of my creative absence!
The timing is impeccable because I just received an email from my former professor at Columbia College Chicago’s Book and Paper MFA program (and always friend!), Melissa Potter. She and two of my other professor/friends, Miriam Schaer and Clif Meador, spent their winter break in the Republic of Georgia teaching art workshops to women of all ages, particularly in artistic bookmaking and wool felting, the latter of which is a traditional art and craft form for the Georgians. This was facilitated through The Women’s Fund in Georgia, a feminist organization dedicated to providing educational programs and feminist support to women in the region.
The reason for her email, however, was urgent. The Women’s Fund in Georgia is at risk of being evicted. Mel’s words put it best:
"Our partners at Women’s Fund in Georgia are being evicted by a landlord who does not want "homosexuals and feminists" in his building. This is an extraordinary group of people fighting for the rights of women in a country where upwards of 92% of women are domestically abused."
As it is apparent, feminist ideology and women fighting for equal rights is not looked upon favorably in the Republic of Georgia, and the actions of the Women’s Fund are a greatly needed resource.
If you have the ability to do so, please donate to The Women’s Fund in Georgia so they can move their activities to a safer space. If you can’t donate then please SIGNAL BOOST this post so more people can become aware of this fantastic organization.
To read more about the programs that Melissa Potter, Miriam Schaer, and Clif Meador conducted during their stay and to learn more about the situation in Georgia and the women operating The Women’s Fund in Georgia, their project has a Tumblr blog called Felt Reports.
((Photograph courtesy of FeltReports))