Creating for charity
Have you ever heard of people or small businesses creating things like books, paintings and other creative things with the aim of donating all profits to charity? For some reason, I always assumed it was only big businesses who did such a thing. But following an interview with photographer and zine-maker Poppy Marriott, another example of creating for charity was brought to my attention; ‘Solidarity Not Silence’ is a campaign benefitting a group of women who are being silenced by a known rapist and Poppy’s zine of the same name looked to shine a light on the topic. The zine was created to sell in aid of the charity, all 100 copies sold out within 24 hours and all profits were donated to charity.
I talked to Poppy about the project who explained that Solidarity Not Silence is a campaign raising money for a group of women who are being sued by a known rapist. The guy is claiming defamation of character and is essentially suing them for speaking up against him, because he has the financial means to do so. Financially heavy and utterly traumatising for the women involved in the case, the charity aids to raise money to help them fund the court battle. “One of the women in this group is a victim of his, and he’s just trying to shut everything down and silence them all. The money is going towards legal fees and anything else to help the case. I made a zine to sell, with all the profits going to the fund. It was a 60-page-zine full of stories from women/non-male identifying people all about sexual assault, harassment and rape. These stories were coupled with bright, empowering photographs of girls in bands. Even though the stories are super intense, I didn’t want to paint the girls as if they were victims, because I know they aren’t. The point was to show them as powerful, strong survivors.” Poppy says.
The 100 zines sold out almost immediately and Poppy was able to donate £500, much more than expected, to the case. “I’d 100% do it again, I think it’s a great way to raise money. I also really enjoyed making it despite the intense subject matter.”
This is just one example of how, even if you cannot afford to donate much, there’s always the opportunity to create. To read more and donate to Solidarity Not Silence.