Dignity

#zippypouchproject

Hope and dignity–that's our mission. Primarily we focus on dance but with the lauch of our merch table, Kelle Diaddigo (the curator of Bluebird: merch), has a challenge for you to spread the love in a more practical way. Check it out! 

 

 

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Calling the handmade community. I’d like to invite you into an opportunity to change a life. But first, I’d like to introduce you to Vintage Bird.

Vintage Bird is the logo for Bluebird: merch which is affiliated with Bluebird: uncaged. For more info on Bluebird click here.

A few weeks ago our church challenged our women to "be shade" for a special group of ladies in Atlanta.

"We have connected with some organizations in Atlanta who have devoted their purpose to reaching out and caring for female victims and survivors of sex trafficking, abuse and/ or involved in the sex industry."

The challenge was to collect items to give to these special ladies.

"[W]hile the items are all designed for exterior beauty, they are a key that opens a door into the hearts of the women and help begin a conversation about the beauty they have in the image of The One they were created by and for"

I decided to make some zip pouches and put our bluebird logo tags on the side because for us at bluebird uncaged, vintage bird stands for freedom. As I sewed the pouches, I prayed for the dear ladies who would receive them. I prayed that every time they saw the bird they would be one step closer to their journey towards freedom.

Vintage Bird was recognized by one of the volunteers that was assimilating the donations into care packages. She contacted us and said there would be a need for more pouches like these to give to the ladies.

Her words: I am SO grateful for you! I loved the pouches! We already took them to a club and you should see the women fighting over them! We can use them to create make up and gift bags for the girls. THANK YOU SO MUCH! They were our favorite!

So the #zippypouchproject was born.   

Here is where you can help change a life:  Photo.PNG

We would love for you to jump in a sew up a few or a lot of pouches and send them to us so that we can get them to where they are needed. The pouches should finish about 8" x 9". Get creative. There are many zip pouch tutorials available. If you don't sew, consider picking a pouch up at your local store or order from Etsy. 

Thank you so much,
Kelle Diaddigo

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Dignity, for artists, Hope, Something to think about, uncaged: Live

audience

As Jesus following artists, we often talk about our Audience of One. God is our only audience, His opinion is the only one that matters, we don’t need to dance to impress people or gain their approval. 

True. Completely valid. I totally agree. But what about the physical audience? We are pursuing a performing art in which “success” is based primarily on visual aesthetics and personal opinion.  

Sometimes it’s hard to reconcile these two ideas. On one hand, if God is our only audience, why don’t we just put on a show for an empty auditorium? Or are we supposed to go into our closets to dance like we’re supposed to pray? But on the the other, wouldn’t that be like putting our light under a bowl if we’re called to use our gifts for His glory?

I confess sometimes I’ve thought shouldn’t care about the audience. Yet that’s pretty much impossible. They’re sitting right there–artistic staff judging your readiness for the next role, teacher scrutinizing technique and coaching you towards perfection, peers either cheering you on or waiting for you to get injured, your family proud to know someone on stage, or some random person who paid upwards of $50 to sit in a seat for two hours. It seems kind of wrong to just not care about them. 

We’re coming at it from the wrong angle

The curtain goes up but the wall is still there. Pride makes us think we have something to offer them; a service they might benefit from. An “us” and “them” mentality cultivates a sense of superiority and comparison. We feel good about all those years of training and flex our muscles in satisfaction. In reality, our art is just another channel of communication. It’s a language. A conversation. 

From isolation to community.

Beyond the footlights, is a collection of human beings just like us. Precious souls behind every pair of eyes glistening in the blackness. Souls that have an eternity ahead of them. Souls that need hope. Hearts that need mending. Walls that need to be torn down. Wounds that need to be healed. Confidence that needs to be restored. If we’ve really experienced His love and grace, how could we not care about them?  

Art is a medium of exchange–our language. The choreography is the structure of the conversation and the performance is an invitation. An invitation into a BIGGER story, the greatest story ever told, the JESUS story! 

Because He has redeemed us we do have something to offer–hope! Not through pride, training, or knowledge gained by study but through humility. In offering our lives to the King as an empty vessel, He fills us that we might be used to offer His abundant life to others and make His name famous. 

Yes, God is our Audience of One but we have a physical audience as well. May you dance [create] not to impress but to engage. May you offer yourself that they might experience His love, beauty, and goodness. Extend the invitation into the JESUS story, that they might join this Divine Dance with our Maker.

-RKD