April and May 2022 saw the return of in-person Queen of Craft events, and our programming and participants didn't disappoint! With the help of donated spaces from 10C and Wellington Brewery, an incredible crew of volunteers, and auction items donated by local artists/businesses, Queen of Craft raised $16,442 for Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis. A record-breaking year!
In case you're unfamiliar with the work that Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis does, and why, here is their value statement:
Safety: All women and children have the right to live in safety and dignity. G-W Women in Crisis is committed to creating environments where all women feel safe. We build safety through healthy practices of inclusion, respect, self-care and confidentiality.
Self-Determination/Choice: G-W Women in Crisis will respect the choices women make about their own lives. We support and advocate for women’s individual and collective right to make their own decisions.
Client-Centred: Women know their own experiences and needs best. G-W Women in Crisis will respect each woman’s right to determine the services she/they needs, based on her/their wishes, concerns, values, priorities, perspectives and strengths.
Equity: Every woman will be treated equitably at G-W Women in Crisis. In order to increase accessibility and equity, a broad range of innovative and differentiated programs and services will be developed and offered based on individual and community needs.
Intersectionality: G-W Women in Crisis will recognize and respect each woman’s unique lived experience and her/their individual and multiple relationships to: ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, record of offences, or receipt of social assistance.
Equality: The root causes of violence against women are societal, and the solutions lie in changing values, attitudes, behaviours, structures and systems to achieve gender equality. G-W Women in Crisis will advocate for equity and social justice in an effort to address and eliminate barriers to inclusion.
Systemic Change: G-W Women in Crisis will work towards creating social systems and institutions that are rooted in equality. Systemic change enacts changes beyond individuals, individual organizations, single problems and single solutions.
Partnerships: G-W Women in Crisis will work in consultation, collaboration and partnership, seeking input and sharing information to develop strategies and actions to advocate for and work towards ending violence against women and children.
Conflict Resolution: G-W Women in Crisis embraces the practice of critical reflection, which includes accountability, questioning, and challenging ourselves and others. We are committed to respectful ways of challenging and practicing healthy conflict resolution.
Change is Possible: G-W Women in Crisis believes the potential for change in attitudes, behaviours and systems is possible.
Education: G-W Women in Crisis supports and creates opportunities for education. We will share our skills, knowledge, history and understanding about the causes and solutions to ending violence against women and children with our community.
We are thrilled to support their initiatives to help support women and children in our community with innovative beer education events. Keep your eyes peeled for our 2022 Queen's Brew Team beer coming out in December, and BIG plans for Queen of Craft year ten programming in 2023!
queen of craft artist 2022: Trisha Abe
Label/Poster art by Trisha Abe
Heavily influenced by female portraiture, Trisha's work embraces the human form through minimalism and celebrates strong character, diversity, and feminine energy. She aims to break down complex, multi-dimensional beings into their most basic elements.
Trisha has created artwork for a number of clients including Shopify, Square One Shopping Centre, Inkbox Toronto, and now Queen of Craft. We are beyond thrilled to be working with Trisha!
Check out Trisha's work here