A symwerian is a self-invented word. It is a gathering where attendees decorate wearables that act as both a carrier for self-expression and a catalyst for conversation. A symwerian is ideal for topics that are taboo - a conversation that you might not feel comfortable speaking about right away, but would rather prefer to have a wearable act as your voice. 

On July 11, 2018, a symwerian was held about menstrual equity. Prior to the event, participants were given instructional kits with a T-shirt and materials to decorate with. Booklets were included with questions that would measure their ideas on menstruation (ex. what is 1 word you would use to describe menstruation?) After they answered the questions, participants were asked to translate their responses onto the wearable, with each material assigned to different questions. 

Participants wore their T-shirts to the symwerian, and the shirts acted as voices, initiating the conversation. As attendees commented on each others’ wearables, that organically created memorable stories regarding menstruation. 

After the event, the group was given a new set of questions that would measure the amount of growth they’ve experienced during the symwerian. Then, they had to translate their responses with new materials, adding on to what was already on their shirt. This was to measure the new knowledge they’ve gained from the gathering. 

This publication was created  to document the symwerian about menstruation that took place.

June 2018—August 2018