I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how our identities can shape our experience of sewing. Are there parts of who we are that make it easier, harder, or just different to sew or join in the online community? Most of all, I’ve been thinking about how this relaunch of the Sewcialists can celebrate the diversity of the team that created the community back in 2013: professional sewists and amateurs, male and female, LGTBQ and straight, of different ages and sizes, from different countries, linguistic backgrounds and ethnicities. That’s the sewing community I know and love!
I hope that most people have found a sense of “home” and belonging in the sewing community. There are so many niches within sewing, like cosplay, everyday clothes, formalwear, and sewing for kids… and there are also so many platforms for meeting other sewists, like Instagram, blogging, Facebook, Pattern Review, and so on. However, by gathering with similarly-minded people, we might just miss out on different experiences, motivations or identities of other groups of sewists!
So let’s chat! The Sewcialists would like to ask “What is it like to walk through the blogosphere in your shoes?”
- Do you have a strong community online, and how do you find them? (platforms, hashtags, etc.)
- Are there pattern designers and bloggers of your ethnicity?
- Is your size easy to find in Big 4 and Indie patterns?
- Is there a sewing community in your own first language, if it is other than English?
- Does religion impact what clothes you chose to wear?
- Does your physical or mental health affect your sewing and community involvement?
- Do you feel conscious of your age, gender, sexual orientation, relationship status, finances, or other personal factors?
- Do you see yourself represented in the sewing blogosphere?
- How do your intersecting identities affect you and your sewing?
I’m hoping that we can start discussions about those rich personal experiences here at the Sewcialists. Celebrating how our experiences are the same and different can help us get to know each other and make the sewing community even stronger.
So, here’s my hope: Would you like to share how your identity shapes your sewing experience?
We’ll post more about this topic and how to join the discussion later this week, but in the mean time, please comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org: Does identity shape your sewing and participation in the online sewing community? If so, how?
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