Sick Scarves is an ongoing project, currently taking place in Topeka, Kansas.
In 2017, 19.2% of residents in Topeka were living below the poverty line. As an artist, it is possible to try to redirect the conversations that we are having on day to day basis. This could be the first step toward a social change.
Sick Scarves is a simple project. We find public places to set up, and offer free crochet and knitting lessons to anyone who is interested. All of the yarn and tools are provided. As people begin to learn, they are creating samples, which are then turned into scarves that are donated to the Topeka Rescue Mission.
This project creates not only an enviornment to learn a new craft and create an object for warmth for someone in need, but an environment where people can discuss poverty, and why it’s important that we act now to help. The percentage of people living below the poverty line fluxuates every year, however the opportunity for change in this community is constant. By continuing to generate projects that challenge the way people interact with their community, poverty, social justice, or politics, artists have a substantial ability to redirect ever shifting public conversation and opinion.
Project Collaborater : Alexandria Henderson