W.E.L.L.’s Clothesline Project 2012 planning will commence soon, until then check out how amazing Clothesline Project 2011 turned out! Thank you once again to everyone who put in their time, energy, and funds to make this event a huge success!
The Clothesline Project started in 1990 in Cape Cod. Since then it has spanned 41 states and 5 countries, touching lives and helping people to heal. The idea is to decorate a shirt in a way that expresses your own experience with sexual violence. Survivors and supporters alike are welcome to speak out in this public, artistic way to their neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. W.E.L.L. is picking up this idea for April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We’ll be hosting t-shirt design meetings, and then displaying all the shirts on a clothesline. The plan is to display within a local neutral ground, free of cost, in order to reach the general New Orleans citizen. Tables will be present with more information about W.E.L.L. and other local groups working to end sexual violence. Refreshments will be sold, of the baked goods and cold drink variety. Different products made by and for women may be sold as well. Be sure
to come out and support those who’ve survived abuse, and those who have died at the hands of abuse, by attending this show and/or creating your own shirt.
Where: City Park, between Anseman Ave and City Park Ave.
What: The line will be hanging, and there will be tables set up to make shirts there. We will also be selling baked goods, cold drinks and gifts to help W.E.L.L. fundraise for future events.
How much: FREE!
When: Saturday April 30th, 10am to 5pm
Come design a shirt before the event!
Shirt Designing Party #1: Wednesday, March 29th from 7-9pm at Fair Grinds Coffeehouse
Shirt Designing Party #2: Saturday, April 2nd from noon to 2pm at Fair Grinds Coffeehouse
Final Pre-Event T-Shirt Design Party!
When: Friday, April 15 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Fair Grinds Coffeehouse
Details: This will be our last design party before the event itself! Enough supplies have been donated that we are able to provide them for you to use, so please just bring yourself and your creative drive to help raise awareness about violence towards women. Above the event details is a link to the national Clothesline Project page, and they chart some shirts as meaning specific types of abuse-if you'd like to follow that, please bring a shirt, because we do not have a huge variety in donated shirts.
W.E.L.L. would like to extend a special thanks to BMP for their donation of t-shirts which we will be selling for the event. All proceeds from these sales will go directly to furthering W.E.L.L.’s work in the community with events like the Clothesline Project, V-Day, and all of our upcoming children’s programs and resources. Thank you to BMP for this opportunity and thank you to all who will come out and support W.E.L.L. either through a shirt purchase, donations, or making your very own t-shirt.
The Clothesline Project Information Files
W.E.L.L. (Women Empowered and Loving Life) is a group of women and male feminists dedicated to enriching their community. We currently are undertaking a national project to help raise awareness about sexual violence, to remember the victims who died from such abuse, and
to honor those who've survived. This Clothesline Project will consist of blank t-shirts being decorated with paints by different people in the community, and then the shirts hang on the line in a public place.
You DO NOT have to be a survivor to be a part of this project! We're all touched by sexual violence-maybe you know someone who was abused, or maybe you have attended a "Take Back the Night" rally. Maybe you just are careful not to let female friends go out alone at night. Any of these are normal, everyday responses to the ever-present threat of
If you're not local to New Orleans, you can still be a part of this
powerful, empowering event. W.E.L.L. is asking for donations of blank t-shirts, acrylic paints, brushes, clothespins, and fabric pens. We have an amazon store filled with objects we could use for the project. Anything from this shop would be appreciated and put to good use. W.E.L.L. is not a 501c3 group yet, so all of our funding is donation-based. No one should be refused the opportunity to be a part of this because of the cost of a shirt.
*****IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO ATTEND BUT HAS ECONOMIC ISSUES, PLEASE CONTACT ME. There have been some donations that can be provided, but they are limited. Please let me know ASAP, and we'll do
everything we can to accommodate.******
Please spread the word about this project! If you'd like flyers
emailed, or to know any more details, feel free to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can make a difference. This is a great way to start. :-)
Here is a list of all the wonderful vendors that will be present on the big day!
"Raphaella of Heartful Art has sent us a variety of her self-esteem boosting watercolor work. Her various posters and prints display simple, true messages that encourage respect and harmony. You'll be able to select your favorite from a variety of her colorful work at the event." To see more of Raphaella's work, click here.
"Kami of "Yay! Cookies" is a coffee-slinging, cookie-making wonder at Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, where we have held many W.E.L.L. events. She has generously made a few batches of her very best Vegan and not-so-Vegan cookies for the event. 70% of the proceeds will go to future W.E.L.L. programs. Support a great cause, and get a yummy cookie. What could be better?" To see more of Kami's work, click here.
"Diane and Kathy of BMPT Shirts have been a great support to us from the instant they received our email. Aside from sending blank shirts for the Clothesline, BMPT donated a variety of shirts for us to sell at the event itself. While our favorite is their anti-bulling t-shirt, the whole of BMPT is creative, funny, and uplifting." To see more of Diane and Kathy's work, click here.
"D. Antonia of The Midnight Orange has gifted us with permission to resell some of her moving "Please Be Kind" figures at our Clothesline Project. Specially made for W.E.L.L., these figures are similar to the picture shown here only featuring a gemstone type heart rather than a matte heart." For more of D. Antonia's work, click here.
"Stacey of Beaded Frog donated her original artwork "Damaged" to W.E.L.L.'s Clothesline Project for us to sell at the event. This one-of-a-kind acyclic painting has been designed after a song about sexual abuse. Be sure to come out on the 30th to see it in person!" For more of Stacey's work, click here.
"Lani of Healing Expressions has been working as a Therapeutic Arts Facilitator, and designs fantastic and dreamy collages that carry deep messages. We will be featuring notecards, art prints, magnets, necklaces and a variety of other designs at the Clothesline Project." To see more of Lani's work, click here.
"Sarah of Out On A Limb Studio has been busy making us about 25 necklaces to sell. The "Alive" necklace is being fed due to the nature of the Clothesline Project: those of us who did make it through the abuse are proud to alive, and honor those who did not make it out." To see more of Sarah's work, click here.