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If Only Weaving Could Solve All Of Our Problems

After a couple weeks of feeling exhausted and inspired, reality is setting back in and I’m being reminded that I can’t solve every problem with community art projects no matter how hard I try. More on that in just a bit…

On a very positive note, Amelia and I did a segment yesterday on WZZM Channel 13′s “Take Five” show about the massive school-wide weaving project we just wrapped up her and Abby’s elementary school. The station aired footage they shot of the unveiling which was really cool. You can check out the clip here.

And my column about the final installment of the project was published today on MLive.com, too.

I have a few more large pieces of student weaving to remove from the looms and then I will start filling the looms up again with help from Abby and Amelia. We’re aiming to have another house woven by the June 10 opening of the Fulton Street Artisan’s Market. I’m also working on a tentative plan to possibly create a collaborative woven installation and community weaving project at Maker Faire Detroit in July which will be fun. (Please get in touch, if you’d like to be part of this project.)

I’ve met some really interesting and inspiring people during the last couple days, and I will be telling you about many of them soon. Unfortunately, I also felt a hairline crack spread across my heart this afternoon when I heard what the little girl who has been bullying my daughter said today. If it’s your way, please send a prayer up for my daughter and her classmate. They both need love and support right now. Parents, hug your kids and ask them how their day went. Dialog is key to helping our kids through difficult times. They need to know that we love them no matter what, no matter what anyone says.¬†Sigh.

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Comment from Juanita
Time: May 5, 2012, 10:24 am

I watched the video from “Take Five”. Amelia is such a cutie! :)

I’m sorry your daughter is being bullied, Jennifer. I’m afraid I, too, have felt that hairline crack in my heart. My daughter was bullied when she was a child. We start out hoping that our children won’t ever encounter mean-spiritedness but sadly, that’s not the way of humanity. :( My daughter is 27 now and she’s a strong young woman, I think due in part to those painful experiences. I am praying for your daughter and her classmate. I pray that your daughter’s experience will be for good in her life.

Hugs to you. :)

Comment from Julie
Time: May 5, 2012, 11:38 am

I’m supposed to be “screen-free,” so I’m quickly typing this comment before the kids bust me. But I just had to comment on the bullying – good vibes to you, your daughter, and the “mean girl.” Is there by chance a movie playing near you called “Bully”? It’s a documentary that I’d like to see but I’m afraid my heart would shatter for a little while. There may be some good ideas in it or it might spark some of your own brilliant ideas.

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: May 14, 2012, 12:46 pm

Loving all the weaving!

We’ve dealt with bullying, too. I think everyone does. Lots of talking and conversations with teachers go a long way.

Comment from Kelly the Fifth
Time: May 23, 2012, 10:02 am

There are some really excellent books out regarding this subject for both the bully and the bullier. As you suggested, both kids need guidance. You never want your child to feel like a victim and some of the books are geared for younger kids and some for older kids. Good luck. I had a dreadful 8th grade year and I survived it because of the helpful support from older sister. I like The Recess Queen and Queen Bees and Wannabees, for example, and wish I had books like this to help me back in 1968.

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