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Feminist Writers Festival

Event Date: 14 November 2020
Author / Presenters: Feminist Writers Festival


From subversive stitching to ‘reworked’ Barbies, banners for women’s suffrage and anti-slavery leaflets sewn into bags, feminist agitators have been getting crafty for some time.

And now, at a time when movements for social change have had to move into our homes, craftivism reminds us that we have the power to create something new, today, with our own hands. While craft is often seen as lesser than 'real art', it offers an openness and accessibility to all. Join us for a chat about feminist resistance, how protest and anger can be beautiful, and creating change one stitch at a time.

Supported by Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.

Casey Jenkins is a live art, installation and community artist using performance, textiles and intervention to explore intimacy, identity and the interplay between modes of power – individual and institutional, perceived and concrete. Recent works have been featured by FOLA Melbourne; Venice International Performance Art Week; London Science Gallery; SomoS Berlin; Mimosa House London; and Bangkok Art Week.

Kate Robinson is a biracial family violence lawyer based in Melbourne and the inaugural Feminist in Residence at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Kate’s craftivism project, Make a Fuss, is a collection of over 150 crowd-sourced works that answer the question: what do you no longer want to be silent about? The craftworks span many mediums – from songs to cross-stitch to sculptures made of pistachio shells – and bring often unheard voices to the fore. The virtual exhibition is now live at QVWC.

Enza Gandolfo is a Melbourne writer and the author of two novels, Swimming (shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Prize) and The Bridge (shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2019). She is also the co-author of several non-fiction books including: Inventory: On Op Shops with Sue Dodd and It Keeps Me Sane: Women Craft Wellbeing with Marty Grace. Enza has worked as a teacher, youth worker and academic and is an Honorary Professor in Creative Writing at Victoria University. She comes from a long line of women craft makers and has inherited their love of textiles, especially knitting and embroidery.

Van Badham is a writer and feminist.

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