~~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
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 on shirts or warm leggings out for all to see. It was and is a way of airing society’s dirty laundry.”
~~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.