Last week, I installed my Mini Fashion Protest Banner in the middle of Melbourne. If you missed the post about it, you can find that here. Because it’s part of a worldwide protest, I wanted a really super ‘Melbourne’ shot, so a tram and Fed Square was my solution.
The Mini Protest Banner Kit had several suggestions for sentences to sew, which were great, but I really wanted to highlight the phrase ‘slave to fashion’ because it occurred to me that real fashion slaves arn’t the people who follow the latest fashion trends religiously but are the people working for cents a day in dangerous conditions to make the clothes the self-identified fashion slaves are so keen to purchase.
So to the left is my protest banner, complete with my fashion slave sentence. I’m quite proud of how it turned out, since I haven’t embroidered properly since I was a little girl. I tried to trace the lettering out, but decided instead to wing it, which worked beautifully.
So I trekked into town the other day to install it. I cable tied it on and then bent down to take a couple of photos. As I Was photographing, waiting for a tram to pass by, I suddenly realised someone was standing behind me. I turned around and there was a policewoman standing there with her hands on her hips. She asked me “Is that yours?” and I figured there was no point lying, since she’d probably seen me attach it
“Yes.” I said.
“You can’t actually put that there.”
I said ‘I’ll take it down, I just want to get some photos.”
She leaned over to examine it, just as a bee landed on it.
“Well, be careful of the bee when you remove it.” and she wandered away.
I took a couple more photos and got the perfect shot, then realised that the policewoman had totally left the area.
Since she had gone, I left the banner there and headed off into the city. I don’t know how many people saw the banner before it was removed, but I feel good that I stood up and said something.
I walked past the spot today and the banner is gone, but the cable ties remain. I hope this means that someone took it home rather than street cleaners removed it as I would figure street cleaners would remove the cable ties too. I’d like to think it’s hanging in someone’s living room right now!