June 17, 2018

If I Want Exposure, I'll Get My Tits Out.

This colourway went a bit boom a couple of months ago. Dyed in response to a misogynistic encounter we'd experienced, we dyed this and Shit Tea and Tray Bake, and raised over £3000 for Women's Aid. We don't dye the colourway anymore (when you've dyed over 1000 skeins of something in a two week period, you really cannot imagine wanting to dye it anymore!) but we sell swag and a % are donated to charity.

Why am I bringing this up again?

A dyer who is seen knitting with our original colourway in their feed has produced a knock-off. Coincidences happen. There's only so much you can do with dye. But when it's blatantly obvious like this… well I'm not angry, I'm disappointed. I expected better. 

  • This colourway has become iconic.
  • This colourway enabled a couple of women to leave their abusive relationships (that I've been told about).
  • This colourway gave other creatives the confidence to say “no” to working for exposure.
  • This colourway raised money for charity.


So what would The Countess do?
We deal with this with class. 
Do not ask me to name and shame, we are all better than that.

We're not  dyeing this colourway anymore but I'm throwing it open to other indie dyers instead to dye their own versions.

 

Of course, rules are needed!

  • Email me at contact[at]countessablaze.com so I know you're on board
  • Your colourway is called If I Want Exposure, I'll Get My Tits Out (Name Of Your Version)
  • £3 per skein minimum (or your currency equiv) is to be donated to a charity of your choice. Tell me who they are. If you won't do this, you are not to get involved.
  • All versions launch together on your own selling platforms on July 1st.

We will market this together, as a community. The best work is done when we work together and support each other. 

On the back of yesterday's livestream, we've already got 21 dyers and a handful of designers who want to participate too. Dyers can dye as much or as little of this colourway as you wish, can do pre-orders or ready to ship, whatever suits your working style. Whatever yarn bases you want (even fibre!) Give me a couple of days to get my shit together with a fancy spreadsheet etc but we will email you back. 

Hashtags for social media: #titsoutcollective  #ifiwantexposureillgetmytitsout


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