I have put off making t-shirts for a long time - I'm pretty principled about bringing new stuff into the world that we don't need, and I work not to buy new clothes myself. But I keep hearing from you how much you love the music, the message, and the hand-lettered magic I make, and am encouraged and uplifted by how much you want to support what I am doing by wearing it on your bodies, and so I've created a way to make something in alignment with my values.
Right now, I've been thinking a lot about how women face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis. Indigenous women, especially, continue to go missing or be murdered with minimal to no action to address the systemic nature of their loss - 35% of women who disappear are indigenous, despite making up only 2% of the population.
So I made something beautiful to show how I feel. These shirts are amazing for a pile of reasons. The company prides itself on support the local economy; the shirts themselves are 100% made in Canada - knitting, non-toxic dyeing, and the cutting & sewing department recycles their textile waste. Bamboo does not require fertilizers or pesticides for cultivation and it grows rapidly and profusely without depleting the soil. Bamboo also has a lower environmental impact than pesticide-laden conventional cotton and petroleum-derived nylon and polyester fabrics, and It's also inherently moisture wicking and anti-bacterial.
Most importantly, proceeds from these shirts will be shared with the annual DTES Women's Memorial March, held every year on Valentines Day. The March addresses the systemic nature of gendered violence and to honours the lives of women, especially the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women who disproportionately continue to disappear every year without acknowledgement or action. I live in the DTES and am proud to create something beautiful in service of shining light on this critically important issue.
Visit lovelettersforeverybody.ca to order one for you, or for someone you love. The more shirts that are out there, the more we can contribute together. How better to tell someone you love them by letting them know the gift on the way supports hope and healing.