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Creatively Empowered Women

Wandering Uterus

This project is influenced by ancient Greek physician Hippocrates’ myth of the “wandering womb,” which compared a woman’s uterus to a living creature that wandered throughout her body causing pathological emotional excess. This concept of the wandering uterus first linked female anatomy to hysteria and categorized sexual desire as an abnormality.

Hippocrates’ age-old myth continues to influence our contemporary political climate.  The Wandering Uterus Project is an ongoing response to recent attacks on reproductive rights and health care.  In the spirit of DIY efforts that embrace creative contributions from artists of all skill levels, participants have been invited to sew, knit, crochet, design, draw, and/or sculpt a uterus to voice their social and political concerns. This collaboration applies a feminist lens to understand reproductive justice as part of physical, emotional, social, political, and economic well-being. The project explores lived experience through the art of making and storytelling in order to build a multi-generational movement that offers a space for critical dialogue regarding reproductive freedom as it relates to race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability.


Yarn Yarn

Yarn Yarn is the coming together of fibers and stories to create the fabric of a community. 

This 5 week program is an opportunity to learn to knit or crochet and to join a crafting community. Sophie Canadé, ATR LPC provides knitting materials and instruction in an expressive arts environment. Knitting lessons with projects that are staggered for gradual learning are available. If you are working on a project that you need some help with or just some encouragement to complete, bring it along. 

Sessions meet on Saturdays, 1-3 PM, from Sept 17th through October 15th at Hamdard HealthCare Clinic. 1542 W. Devon Ave, Chicago IL

Cost is $50, all materials provided. 
Classes are free for students and those living on a fixed income.

To sign up, contact Sophie Canadé at

Photos from recent Yarn Yarn workshops at Freedom Square in July/August 2016, with CEW member Sophie Canadé