The IWDA Fifty-Fifty Project was a participatory craftivism project designed to raise money and awareness for the important work being done by this independent feminist charity. The project involved the creation of 50 textile portraits of the first 50 people who donated $50 or more directly to IWDA. The finished portraits were given to project participants as a gift, in total this project raised $2,790 for IWDA.
This project was undertaken as part of my PhD research on 'Craftivism as DIY Citizenship: The Practice of Making Change'. I want to say a vey heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported this project, including my PhD supervisor Kate Just who provided me with a studio space at the Billilla Historic Mansion (photo below) during the two months it took me to make the 50 portraits.
To find our more about this project you can download a free copy of the IWDA Fifty-Fifty Project catalogue from the BOOKS page of this website.
Participants of the IWDA Fifty-Fifty Project holding their portraits over their faces
Sam, a project participant, with his portrait
Ash at the IWDA Fifty-Fifty Exhibition pointing to a friend's portrait
Detail of one of the fifty portraits completed as part of this project
ABOUT IWDA: IWDA is Australia’s leading agency focussed on women’s rights and gender equality. They largely work within the Asia-Pacific region and have a strong focus on empowering women and girls through best-practice programs that tackle issues of power, money and security which are delivered in partnership with local community groups, leaders and organisations. Since 1985 IWDA has worked in partnership with over 195 women’s rights organisations and alliances across every continent except Antarctica in order to build networks to advance gender equality.
For more information or to donate to IWDA please visit: www.iwda.org.au