arc August/September Issue 117

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women in lighting

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T-Shirt Weather As inspiring messages of hope continue to spread around the world, Women in Lighting has launched its own T-shirt competition, inviting supporters to express their creativity and spread their own positive messages. Sharon Stammers tells us more.


he WiL in Lockdown series of

more messages appeared all over the globe.

September. Our lovely judges will pick 10

website helped everyone that

that catches my eye in the street where I

housed on our very own WiL T-shirt shop.

feel a sense of solidarity with other WiL and

messages and for creating global solidarity.

will go to the US-based charity Light Reach.

our spirits to see the submissions every

global phenomena by sharing our positive

on social media and for news about the

mini-interviews on the WiL

submitted or read the entries

WiL supporters around the world. It lifted

day and helped us all feel connected. Your

positivity was inspiring. We collated all the

‘Your Silence will not protect you’ is the one live. Without a doubt, it’s a time for sharing Women in Lighting wants to join in this messages, and to achieve this we are

launching a T-shirt design competition.

designs that will be made into T-shirts and Any profits from the sale of these T-shirts Watch out for information on our judges competition as it proceeds. We believe that:

songs that you submitted into an eclectic

The T-shirt was originally designed to be a

Light uplifts us.

on Spotify via the website. It’s an uplifting

world’s most ubiquitous fashion item has

Light can bring us together.

transported us to all the places and spaces

are a great barometer of social change. They

and inspiring playlist that you can listen to mix of countries and musical styles that

basic undergarment. But over the years, the become a powerful political weapon. T-shirts

we have been and reminded us of all the

can shock, outrage, unite and challenge the

Since then we have become a bit obsessed

messages around the world.

faces we have come across.

with messaging. In recent months we have all been bombarded by some serious and

status quo. They can also help to disseminate With a T-shirt as your canvas, WiL invites you to express your creativity to create a

scary messaging - ‘stay alert’, ‘control

special WiL T-shirt that share the values

at the same time we have been treated

equality, empowerment, inspiration and

the virus’, ‘stay home, save lives’ etc, but to a unprecedented wave of positivity in

message form, with signs in windows and on billboards about kindness, community and

helping each other (My personal favourite is the one in our window – “It won’t stay like this forever” from David Shrigley). Then

came the #BlackLivesMatter movement and


of our community. Using the themes of

light, we invite you to submit a design for this competition.

We kick off the competition on 17th August and the WiL website will be open for

submissions from them. All the T&Cs are

on the website, along with a form to submit your design. Submissions will close on 30th

Light inspires us.

What do you want to say?