Globe Aroma is a Brussels based artistic work and meeting place that offers space, time and a network to artists and makers with a background as newcomers. We support people who, due to their precarious citizenship status, often experience specific challenges in accessing the arts sector and developing artistic practices.
One of the projects is called Espace Fxmme, created shortly before the pandemic. It is a time-based space taking place weekly within Globe Aroma art house. It is a platform for female/non-binary artists and creatives to create safer space in an environment previously dominated by a male presence.
This cooporation in Berlin is to create international alliances and a solidarity network for social justice. Organisations and art initiatives that work in similar fields (human rights, womxn rights, co-creation platforms, intersectional feminism) are invited to meet up in a convivial way, exchange ideas, craftwomanship and solidarity.
On the occasion of November 25, a day for the fight against violence against women, Espace Fxmme organizes a workshop called Stitch n' Bitch to prepare for the demonstration day and express their solidarity with women.
This workshop is organized as a follow-up to the Getting Softer project. Stitch ‘n Bitch workshops are a slow intimate process of soft hospitality, co-creation, knowledge sharing and convivial networking (socialising) between the women of Espace Fxmme, new members, collaborators and audiences. Espace fxmme offers materials for embroidery and patchwork and is teaching the participants in a one to one level stitching techniques, while chatting, sharing stories or exchanging knowledge on textile art.
Since November 2021, Espace Fxmme has been practicing weaving, embroidery and patchwork as a process of sharing skills, memories and stories of our bodies in diaspora/relocations. We are proud of how the process of weaving and embroidery can also create a strong sisterhood among us and make us feel like a community that can be welcoming and invited to share and learn. Since last year, the members of Espace Fxmme have hosted in several occasions and traveled to various places in and outside Belgium, sharing their needles and threads with others to sew sisterhood while exchanging stories and sharing the feeling of joy, healing together, and solidarity. In the process of co-creation, our small community is a gesture of transnational feminism that is a necessity in this world experiencing mass migration and globalization. Our stings are small but important in the fight against marginalizing, controlling or ignoring women and non-binary bodies.