Thumbnail image of green durable reinforced tent fabric.
Related to the custom T-shirts and hats idea...
I'm seeking folks who are interested in collaborating on making things.
Weeks ago you saw the yellow 200ft banner Winton and I made for the Frontline silent protest, and my long triangular yellow decorative flags. That's all come from a 42" wide bold of tent fabric with much more.
I'm hoping our community has someone or knows of someone who has a sewing machine and/or surger and some motivation to make some very simple things that may have multiple purposes.
- rectangular, typical flag
- long rectangular banners
- long triangular
- Protest signs
- Shade structures
- Art structures
Maybe flags and banners are all we might interested in. Maybe a few children and hippies might like the poi, maybe not. The shade would be practical for next summer even if we don't get as elaborate as the reference images there for potential inspiration. Maybe you have other ideas that are good, bad, or ugly that we can work with and develop?
Whether on flags, banners, signs, shade, or poi, in addition to sewing the edges, it seems like grommets would be excellent give this yellow tent fabric more utility. Not only can all these things potentially be secured together via grommets and zip-ties in collective symbolic unity to make larger things (shade, longer banners, etc), I have sketched several ideas on how to make a simple protest sign that can be easily compacted for convenient travel. The signs can also be flags or vice versa.
Of course there's no hurry to use the bolt of fabric all up. I like the yellow colour, especially as Voluntaryism is yellow/black. Perhaps as a community we can develop some icons, branding, logos, etc. On Sunday in Leamington I was loving their peaceful but poisonous orange/black Monarch butterflies.
We could have a contest next week or take all winter or year, we could have one design contest, or a running series of them, or just one per month or season. Maybe it could overlap with a related slogan contest. We could borrow ideas from peoples signs, or online memes, or whatever.
Folks could design and make their own stencils, at the rallies or at home, then on the yellow tent fabric we could spray paint black as for our banner, or several colours. In 2005 I made 4-colour stencils for this 8 foot square Buddha design and on a San Francisco street corner I over-sprayed the center cutout and for fun added the red to fix my "mistake". Imagine if everyone had their own custom flag(s) and zip-tied them together next summer into a quilt of unity.
And this is how it all ties back to the T-shirts and hats. If we have stencils, big or small, there's no reason they can't be used on T-shirts or other things.
I could draft up ideas for days, but here I'm just planting the seed. Maybe nothing happens from this for weeks or months, or maybe your imagination will explode. Even if this is not your thing, feel free to share it with others who may embrace it. As much as this is fun creative maker stuff, above all I hope we can find ways to effectively resist tyranny. I hope you might have and share other ideas to make interesting things with purpose.
This is just the beginning.