When your presence on social media is all about upbeat, inspiring, colourful, joyful distractions from our general hum drum existences – it’s difficult to know how to respond to current global events.
Posting pretty images on Instagram feels insensitive but I’ve made the decision to continue posting my usual content because if I stop now it just feels like another light going out.
Sunflowers are cropping up everywhere and have become an international signifier of resistance, peace and solidarity in the face of Ukraine’s invasion by Russian forces – but what can we possibly do with this symbol that doesn’t feel banal and exploitative?
I don’t know.
But I have noticed a flurry of sales of my (ancient) Knitted Sunflower pattern which I’m guessing have been triggered by a desire to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
So, in response;
- I’ll donate all profits from sales of my Knitted Sunflower pattern to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal until further notice.
- You can also download the Knitted Sunflower Pattern here for free and make your own sunflowers to sell and donate the profits to this charity – or any similar appeal to help the Ukrainian people.
Images by Boo Marshall Photography.