Last month we hosted Paint the Town Red at Plant NOMA, celebrating local artists, combating period stigma, making some sweet crafts and raising funds for the campaign. We were OVERWHELMED by just how many people came down and showed their support. The place was packed and the sanitary product collections were overflowing.
The crafting corner was in full flow all evening (how many times can I get away with saying flow?). From origami vaginas to campaign badges to Christmas card making. There was glitter, red felt tip, campaign messages and gem hearts everywhere – what’s not to love? Not forgetting the amazing Prom-esque background, fully stocked with period props.
We had a raffle which included extraordinary prizes donated to us including booze, Lush goodies, theatre tickets, a tour of Old Traff and even a signed picture of Judge Rinder (there really was something for everyone). The far wall was covered in art and looked insanely good. The artists were asked to respond to how they felt about menstruation and the final work was interesting and diverse. Here are just a few:
No I’m not on my Period by Beth Mollart-Evans
The Tampon Smuggler by Charly Tudor
Bad Timing by Sammi Cannings
We just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who helped organise the event, the artists who contributed, everyone who came and those who couldn’t come and still donated. £854.60 was raised in total and five bins of sanitary products were collected providing even more people with a safe and comfortable period. It was incredible to see so many people come together. We love you all and had such an amazing time drinking, chatting and crafting with you.
Keep an eye out for upcoming events in the new year on our social media (there’s definitely more where that came from…).