Raised as a Dutch woman in a mostly white family, I have always considered feminism a natural part of my life. A belief in which I was sure of, and on that didn’t need much further analysis. After meeting lots of inspiring women of color — and especially some strong Muslim feminists — however, I realized my own image of feminism had been too narrow.
A few years ago I started teaching in a Dutch high school, and this made me even more aware of the importance of inclusive daily representation. Looking online for images for my lessons, but also for things to wear and carry, just made me more frustrated.
What do you do when you are not satisfied with images of women and general female representation? Being the crafty girl that I am, I decided I could make it myself! I crafted myself a better image, slung it around my shoulders, and stuck it on the web.
I bought a bunch of erasers, and drew different female hairdos on them. Then I used a small linoleum-cutter to take away the excess eraser. And, tada! My very own fabric stamps!
With some patience and a free Saturday afternoon, I made my first ‘inclusive feminist’ printed fabrics. Later I turned these into a number of bags. Now I can always carry a more inclusive representation over my shoulders wherever I go.