✹ BADGE UP! ✹












Workshop at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Sussex


I was asked to run a badge making workshop inspired by the Sister Corita Kent exhibition.
The role of this workshop was to open up discussions around politics and the envionment.
I was interested in the role of identity badges hold to their wearers, their relevency in
campaigning, politics and injustice.

I was surprised by the conversations I had, most were people born in the punk era, who 
now feel disenfranchised by politics, were firm badge wearers in their youth but no longer.

How have peoples perceptions changed, do people no longer wear a badge in fear of 
call out culture? fear of being confronted in public places? Do people no longer want
to prescribe to their own messages, outwardly present their own thoughts?

I think about the Labour Nike tee released before the last election and the amount 
of young people wearing different iterations of sportswear x campaigning products.
Wearing my Labour party badge and then my rosette knocking on doors for Rupa Huq.

One workshop participant volunteered for the Green Party and said that he puts on his tabard
when getting to where he needs to be and not before. As with putting on a uniform, not wanting 
to be interupted prior to the moment.

Considering the mass-marketability of culture,  psudo-feminist clothing manufactured by high street brands. 
The message lost through cheap prices, highly unethical for the makers (who are typically women).
Instead of making your own message from the DIY ethos consumers pick up premade tshirts
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE , GRL PWR , WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS
authenticity? pure capitalist greed?