In Memory of Kay

Kay’s T-Shirt, The Clothesline Project


            ~~The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself—-Mark Caine       Human rights T shirt project

The Clothesline Project  started in Cape Cod in 1990 to address the issue of Violence Against Women.

      —-Inspired by the AIDS quilt, they came up with the idea of using shirts and other personal items on a clothesline.                                            

                        

“Doing the laundry has always been considered women’s work, and in the days of close-knit neighborhoods, women often exchanged information over backyard fences while hanging their clothes out to dry,” says Carol A. Chichetto of East Dennis, Mass., chair of the project’s steering committee.

                       

“The concept was simple — let each woman tell her own story, in her own unique way, and hang it out for all to see. It was and is a way of airing society’s dirty laundry.”

           Clothesline Project.

~~This is Kay’s own shirt……. I found her  lips blotted on a slip of paper  inside her bible. The awesome man that created the design scanned her lips on the  back of this shirt  with her three sons’ names on it:    Micheal, Aaron & Jordan.   Kay Marie— my dearest love.    Murdered on May 26, 2010 by Mike Peterson.   Her story will be screamed into the universe forever….. as long as I have wind inside my lungs & words upon my tongue.

                        ——Find out more about the Clothesline Project or contact CHOICES at (614) 224-7200 to schedule the exhibit for your organization.

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    March 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    What a wonderful project Kim. May the lovely Kay rest in peace 🙂

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    Barbara Barth
    March 9, 2011 at 12:07 am

    This is a great project. Thank you for sharing it with us. Barbara

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    Amy
    March 9, 2011 at 5:06 am

    This is such a beautiful thing, Kim. . .it took my breath away. Love you. xoxo

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      kim sisto robinson
      March 9, 2011 at 6:30 am

      Amy, i love U more x PS. Who would have thought that Kay would have a t-shirt like this? So Sad.xxx

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    elizabeth
    March 9, 2011 at 5:45 am

    may it make an impact to empower other women. so sad we need to do this, but it is very powerful. xxx elizabeth

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      March 9, 2011 at 6:31 am

      Yes, empowering Yet sad. So many t-shirts…not enough change. xxxx Luv to U, Elizabeth.

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    Mercy
    March 9, 2011 at 6:59 am

    How beautiful. Yet sad!!!! Looooove you.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

      Yes, so very sad. so so so so sad. Luv U. xxx

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    Charlene
    March 9, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What a wonderful project and what a beautiful shirt Kim. We all hear your voice…it is so powerful.

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      March 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

      ~~~I know, she IS so beautiful. She never knew how much. xxx Love love love.

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    Jackiy
    March 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I love the clothesline project idea and I love Kays shirt! I bet the back is just as beautiful! XOXOXO

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    K.T.
    March 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I see that you truly do understand women being violated and having to deal with tough times. Sorry that you understand this too.

    Beautiful work and thought in your project.

    I hope you visit again. I will be back here!

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    Helen
    March 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you for all you do to continue to raise awareness and for opening your heart to everyone. It means a lot………..

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      March 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      ~~~I don’t know if it will ever be enough. Thank You for reading, Helen. xx

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    susan
    March 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Proud of you and your work with this project Kim. Kaye is smiling down on you, as are so many others who don’t have powerful sisters like you. You bring so much attention ti the cause of domestic violence… We are all honored to bear witness…

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      ~~~~Thank You, Susan. I can feel K. Smiling down. Love love love. xxx

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    Blond Duck
    March 10, 2011 at 4:51 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. What a devoted sister.

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      March 10, 2011 at 6:40 am

      ~~Blonde Duck, It will NEVER be enough for my dear love.
      You are awesome!
      I’m coming to see U right now on your site. xx

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    Lady Fi
    March 10, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I’m very much moved by the terrible murder of Kay.

    What a powerful project – powerful post.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

      ~~~Yes, so powerful…So sad. Thank you Lady Fi ffor your kind words…. xxx

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    Alina
    March 10, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Its beautiful. Did you use one of her shirts? I love it!!!

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      March 10, 2011 at 7:41 am

      yes, that shirt is one of her faves. it will be traveling all over the USA….beginning in Washington DC. xxx Luv U

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    Heike
    March 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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    Tia
    March 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

    It is amazing when women come together what they can accomplish.

    LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Tia

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 11, 2011 at 6:53 am

      luv you toooooooooooooo much:) thanks for luving me.

  • Reply
    Kim Gagnon
    March 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Women rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you !!!!!

  • Reply
    Tara
    March 12, 2011 at 5:22 am

    What an awesome project. And what a beautiful tribute to Kay!

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    kim sisto robinson
    March 12, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Tara,
    The shirt’s at the State Capital now and then will travel all over the United States with hundreds
    of other shirts. So powerful. So Sad. xxxx

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    Joan
    March 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    The Clothesline project is a wonderful way to remember women ( and children) who have lost their lives to domestic violence. Two years ago I participated in the project when the shirts came to Duluth. I looked in the box for 1992 and much to my surprise, found my sister’s shirt. I didn’t even know someone had made a shirt for her. It wasn’t me but it was certainly someone who knew her well. There was a set of pearls attached to the shirt and a painted airplane ( she was a pilot). It was perfect. When I picked up that part of the clothesline and held her shirt, I wept. I’m so glad you made a shirt for Kay. I hope to see it some day. Thanks for writing this post. I loved it.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      ~~~oh, yes, Linda R. told me that you found your sister’s shirt!!!… That was not a coincidence, Joan. How beautiful that somebody would make one for her..and with Pearls!
      I hope the the C.P. comes to our area. It is so bittersweet. Powerful. Moving. And Oh-So-Sad.

      xxx Kim

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    Maggie at Violence UnSilenced
    March 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I LOVE THIS. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you, Maggie…
      for giving “VOICE” to the Voiceless.
      Never Unsilenced.
      NEVER… NEVER… xxxx

  • Reply
    Butchie
    March 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

    It speaks volumes..

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      March 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Yes, unfortunately,

      it does.

      I know you understand, Butchie.

      It NEVER gets better….does it? xxx

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    Greta
    March 22, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Wow, amazing and powerful. So sorry about your sister.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Greta, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Powerful & Oh-S0- Sad. xx

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