Threads of Change
This post is sponsored by Rethreaded, an organization working for social change through empowering women affected by the sex trade to hold employment in a creative industry. Rethreaded works in the Jacksonville, Florida area, and their mission is to promote their values of love, acceptance, healing, community, relationship, and excellence. I was introduced to Rethreaded by a college friend who is now employed by the company, and I received a $28 Magenta Grace Scarf to use for this post. This is my first sponsored post for Strikes of Luck, and I look forward to more collaborations with other businesses.
Social change through creativity: a cause that is close to my heart. This is why I love public art, why I love small business, and why I love living local. Handmade art is one of the most personal ways that you can interact with a person or a brand, and that is what Rethreaded does for its workers.
As I'm sure you've seen in my Instagram posts, I wear a bracelet every day that is black, red, white, and blue. My former viola teacher and dear friend travels to Haiti to teach music every year, and she brought back these bracelets a few years ago from some of the local artists there. I wear it every day (and I have for about five years now) to remind me that there are others in the world and to put my own life into perspective.
The Grace Scarf from Rethreaded that I'm wearing in the photo below is an example of that perspective. This is the first task that each employee at Rethreaded learns to make when they arrive, and it's made with 100% cotton T-shirts. Not only is it a scarf to wear to brighten any outfit, it also has a deeper meaning. The website describes it as a piece that "represents the grace we are called to extend daily." What a beautiful sentiment for an item that has such a powerful history.
What causes are dear to your heart? We all have a few that we fight strongly for. These women at Rethreaded who have overcome so much are now given an new outlook on life through fabric, sewing, and handiwork that will remind their customers about the capability and strength of their makers. This is a tangible representation that art has the power to create and communicate social change.
Change comes in waves and in wanders, in revolutions and in responses, and in measurements and in movements. How will you change your surroundings? What will you leave as your legacy?