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Participate in a national textile project: The Violet Protest


Submitted by Ann Morton

Phoenix, AZ

The Violet Protest is a public effort to send 50 hand-made textile squares to each and every member of the 2021, 117th Congress in support of these core American values: civility and respect, citizenship, compromise, country over party and corporate influence, courage, candor, compassion, and creativity.

The call for the Violet Protest is for makers from across the United States to make 8″ x 8″ squares using a variety of textile techniques. Girl Scouts could sew, crochet, knit, quilt of embroider their squares, but specifically, the Violet Protest can provide a tutorial for a workshop on how to make a “no-sew” square using re-purposed jeans, iron-on adhesive, and scraps of blue and red fabrics. Learning includes whatever textile technique they might employ to make their squares. For the “no-sew” technique, girls will learn color composition, collage, and possibly embroidery techniques. Machine or hand-stitched embellishments are optional.

Participation in the Violet Protest aligns with the Journey Series “It’s Your World-Change it!” Specifically, Brownie Quest for Brownies, Agent of Change for Juniors, and Your Voice, Your World for Ambassadors. Potential badges to be earned are “Artist” or “Craft” under Life Skills – specifically Collage or Textile Artist under the Senior badges. Also, this project could align with the “Girl Scout Way” series of badges for all levels of Girl Scouts because as part of the making activity of the squares, Girl Scouts will review the project’s core values for which their square is being sent to Congress to support.

Leaders can visit the project website: www.violetprotest.com Through the website, leaders can sign up and then receive an information packet and tags that Girl Scouts will attach to each square they make.

For further questions, leaders should connect directly with the artist organizing this project, Ann Morton at ann@violetprotest.com.

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