pussy hats have become a symbol of human rights, and a sign of what debbie’s quote suggests: it’s very visible for people to organize and connect, using social media and hashtags, and in this case, open source patterns for knitting!
the pussy hat project stems from the actual words spoken by trump, and turns them around. three women were inspired to make and share the design for pink hats in advance of the marches in january of 2017. the name was also chosen to de-stigmatize the word “pussy” and transform it, highlighting the cat ears in the hat design.
so this one project: raises awareness, advances human rights, and promotes dialogue and empowerment through art, education, and craft.
and in a broader context, it’s a great result of the current US administration, this increased visibility of resistance movements, including Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.
people are getting up off their couches, making signs, knitting, and taking action. this inspires me very much, to witness the democratization of effective branding.