10,690 Wild Flowers
Each story of accessing abortion in the U.S. is unique and important. According to the Guttmacher institute, in 2011 (the most recent year that statistics are available for) 10,690 people accessed abortion services in Oregon. 10,690 Wild Flowers honors each of those people’s experience, as well as each Oregonian who, for myriad reasons was unable to access the healthcare they needed, with a ceramic flower. While Oregon has many safe guards in place that other states, such as my home state of Florida, do not, many are still unable to receive much needed healthcare because of restrictions due to the Hyde Amendment, barriers because of gender markers, immigration status and more. Each flower is made during a community discussion/workshop hosted in collaboration with local reproductive justice organizations in which we will discuss the impact of these restrictions and the recently introduced House Bill 2232 or The Reproductive Health Equity Act. Handmade flower bricks and vases filled with these flowers were placed in the gallery and throughout Portland in reproductive health and justice organization’s offices and local businesses during the exhibition. The goal is to make 10,690 ceramic flowers, each of which is for sale for $1. All money raised is donated to the Network for Reproductive Options, an abortion fund for Oregon and Idaho.
Project Canary honors the experience above the rhetoric by connecting people to each other through their individual untold stories.
Co-created by Lauren Karle and myself, Project Canary has collaborators all over the nation.
Two Ways You Can Participate:
You can create small objects inspired by the collected stories. Craft objects have been formed by human hands for millennia as a vehicle to tell stories and serve a function in society.
In addition you can organize a work day and make objects as a group.
Stamp the objects you make with the story’s number and place them for strangers to find in strategic public places. Our first drop was during during National Clay Week’s Social Engagement and Community Outreach day on October 14, 2016. Our next official drop will take place during the Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. Each object will come with a Project Canary Tag directing the finder to this website, with instructions for entering the story number, so that the finder can read the story that inspired the object. The finder can read other stories in the database and should they choose, they can leave their own story. Lastly, we ask the finder to report their find on social media using the hashtags #projectcanary #projectcanaryfind #sociallyengagedcraftcollective and by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram.