My name is Red
I am a surrealist painter and survivor of domestic abuse
I want my paintings to dispel the myths surrounding domestic violence and highlight the issues faced from official agencies, authorities and institutions when escaping an oppressive environment. Additionally I want to break down cultural myths about why women don't and can't leave.
I have recently completed an MA in painting and my research focussed on the statistics of lack of support that women and their children face, and the way that the systems set in place to protect children can lead to perpetuating abuse against the mother.
By producing clothing and ephemera (which will be made with my paintings printed on them) with covertly placed helpline numbers on every item, I will be reaching out to women. These are items that will be taken into the home and domestic environment.
Designs will be created by artisan makers using my paintings as the focus of each product, and manufacturing will be local to cut down on CO2 emissions during transport.
35% of all profit raised from my company will be donated to First Light, a charity supporting people in Cornwall, Devon and Wiltshire who have been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence (https://www.firstlight.org.uk) . This 35% donation will help women escape abusive environments.
The money from this fundraiser will be spent on
Producing clothing designs
Creating prints of my paintings
Creating ephemera such as bags and scarves
Once the money is spent we will have a flourishing company that will employ local artisans, be producing garments from a local fashion house, and most I importantly continuously raising funds for First Light.