People Binding the Earth (with Beauty)

The theme for our annual Global Earth Exchange this year was People Binding the Earth (with Beauty and Love). We gave 3 yards of hand-spun, organically-dyed golden yarn to everyone who signed up to do an event and invited them to weave it into their act of beauty. (Read the stories and see all the amazing photos here.)

We’ll keep weaving the Earth’s hurt places with beauty all year long! Just carry some yarn in your pocket, purse, or glove compartment… and when you see a place that could use a little attention, pause for a moment and make a gift of beauty for it with your yarn!

In this way we declare that, even as we work to build a more thriving, sustainable world, we never forget the places that live in the ground beneath our hearts.

Take a photo of your art, send us a description of what you did and where, and we’ll post it on our website and social media.

Email us, along with your mailing address, and we’ll send it to you 3 yards of yarn at no cost, along with a postcard telling about the woman who spun and dyed it and the sheep who donated it.

With golden yarn we’ll:

    1. Symbolically “bind” the wounded and endangered places of the Earth with beauty and love, as one binds a wound
    2. Call attention to these places! To make passersby pause and wonder about these artistically placed strands of golden yarn
    3. Serve as a kind of “calling card” among members of the Radical Joy for Hard Times community, who connect with one another whenever they use their yarn make a gift for a broken place—and again when see their gift on our website and social media
    4. Keep the momentum and engagement of the Global Earth Exchange going all year long

If you prefer to make your gift of beauty for hurt places without yarn, using only the materials the place itself offers, that’s fine. The important thing is keep making beauty for hurt places—wherever and whenever we can.