Women’s March – Washington DC & Nest Project

“Love is as Love does” – bell hooks

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That is me, marching with my mom Carol & her partner Michael, plus Judy and Mary from Michael’s family. The march happened on January 21, 2017 and was the largest protest in American history. Say hello to the energy of Awakening of WOMEN! (I talk more about the march on my personal FB page, and will be posting more here soon.)

I have been working on public art project with my friend, artist Debbie Baxter, since the end of last summer when she brought a human-size nest to BurningMan.

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Inspired by that trip, Debbie wanted to build another nest in Brooklyn. This nest landed on a Brooklyn ROOFTOP! That was another insane, and heart-opening experience.

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So, what inspired us to jump into the Nest with an American flag? The election of pussy-grabber Donald J. Trump to our highest office – President.

Read Heather’s story and what would become the Nest Project DC.

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After Debbie and I jumped into the nest, we found lots of people – wanting to do something, say something, make something – to represent THEM as part of the fabric of this country. After I left Portland to return to California, Debbie continued shooting images of folks under the flag in her backyard nest.

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Including this woman – whom we met in the vintage shop where we purchased the flag used in the images above the day after the election – thank you joni.

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We flew cross-country with thousands of women to march in Washington DC!

As we joined the other marchers on Independence Avenue… we could hear Gloria Steinem’s voice over the speakers – “God may be in the details, but the Goddess is in Connections” (view Speech)

You can see the behind-the-scenes Making of the Nest on my instagram, search under the hashtag #thenestproject, or follow Debbie Baxter.

From the first nest photo being shot in Warehouse 88 in SilverSprings MD…..

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To the final last nest shot at the Midlands Beer Garden in DC….

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We met every kind of person, had every age, size, color, orientation and combination get in the nest. We made so many PERSONAL connections and I believe THIS is what this time in our nations history is really about. Honestly, we can’t wait until you meet Chivonnie Gius (and her mom Nanci!)

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People don’t change when they feel comfortable.

It’s important to remind ourselves….

Magic happens OUTSIDE our comfort zone.

Everyone is being called, great and small, to make a stand and have their voices heard and bodies counted. Humans are here for connection.

Divine Mother, Give us the strength to MAKE an effort to connect, to listen to those who may appear different than us. Help us talk to strangers, make new friends and practice love. And when we struggle, help us to practice good boundaries and timely self-care, so that we may stay centered in ourselves and the truth – that only love is real – and reach out from there. And please, with all my heart I pray… Divine Mother, help us to MAKE MORE ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let the art rain upon the earth! For art births the future, calls us forward, and connects in ways beyond the mind. This or something better. And so it is. xx h

ACTIONS: Post handmade signs in your yard, hang truth off our house, join groups, show up at the marches, make your voice heard & your body seen.

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Witch OUT xx heather


Heather talked about the experience making the nest, and about marching on her personal FB page here.

For more information about The Nest Project, visit Debbie’s website debbiebaxter.com.

Support PUBLIC ART – Buy a 2017 Nest Calendar and fund NESTS in more cities across the US.. #makeartnotwar


 

Artwork: all images © 2016-2017 Debbie Baxter and Heather Bleasdell. Please ask for permission before sharing photos. Thank you.

About Heather Bleasdell

Heather Sullivan Bleasdell, MA, is a passionate witch, artist, mother & teacher living in Northern California. Currently, she works one-on-one with clients as a professional psychic and teaches online classes that combine art, magic & seership to increase potency, ownership & visibility.

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