Chicago-based artist Shannon Downey knows what's up.

The Irish American woman is the creative force behind Badass Cross Stitch, a venture that updates an old-school craft with messages for the modern woman.

“You and I know that our history books are full of half-truths, outright lies, omissions, and erasures. A history told through a white man’s lens," Downey writes.

"You and I also know that every life and every story matters. That the more voices we hear only serve to enrich our understanding, our perspectives, and our choices.”

From #MeToo and #TimesUp to calls for Equal Pay and an end to toxic masculinity, Downey has produced thought-provoking work that aligns with the female empowerment narrative that reigned supreme in 2018.

With almost 80,000 followers on Instagram, her 'craftivism' is even inspiring a global movement of artwork with a purpose.

Through the ambitious Badass HERstory project, Downey is asking people across the world to create a 12 inch x 12 inch square of fabric (with an additional 1” margin around the piece) that tells the world your individual story. It can be embroidered, sewn, quilted, woven, knit, crocheted... and ultimately will have a place in either a massive physical installation or digital gallery that she is working on.

Downey also highlighted the importance of May's historic Repeal referendum to her international community of followers.

"No one has the right to create laws that rob anyone of autonomy over their own body and future. I believe we can talk about complicated topics. I believe we can find solutions that respect autonomy and bodies and futures and children and women. I believe in us," she wrote at the time.

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This week #Ireland will vote to remove the 8th amendment from their constitution which bans abortion in all cases no matter what. I stand with the women of Ireland who have been working so hard for so long to create change and resist. You are all in my heart and thoughts. I am with you. #RepealThe8th ——- Abortion is a hard one. Really hard. I understand the deep and conflicting emotions that we all experience when talking about abortion. All of those feelings are valid. That said, I cannot even fathom looking a woman in the eye and judging her for making an impossible choice. I cannot imagine intentionally piling on fear and shame and judgement to a woman who is going through hell. If we want to see an abortion-free world (and I think we actually all want that) then we must work for more sex education, free contraception for all, programs that support under-resourced parents in providing for their children, free and quality education, alternative family structures that honor complexity, and free healthcare. We need to fight rape culture and patriarchy. We must find ways to help create a world where no one needs to make that impossible decision. No one has the right to create laws that rob anyone of autonomy over their own body and future. I believe we can talk about complicated topics. I believe we can find solutions that respect autonomy and bodies and futures and children and women. I believe in us. —- #ireland🍀 #repealthe8th #feminism #feminist #irishamerican #craftivism #craftivist #prochoice #abortionrights #humanrights #healthcareforall #fuckthepatriarchy #misogyny #womensrights

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For more about Downey's work and mission, visit her website here.

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I recently read an interview where Kate Winslet said, “As a child, I never heard one woman say to me, “I love my body”. Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, “I am so proud of my body.” So I make sure to say it to Mia [her daughter], because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age.” —- I thought about that for a good long time and I could not come up with one instance of anyone in my life as I was growing up saying anything positive about their bodies. I spend hours trying to figure out how I unlearned to criticize my body and to love it and be grateful for all it does everyday. I have no good answer. I’m not sure how I got to this place. I sure am glad I am here. I love my body. It gives me so much freedom. ———————— I’m interested in your thoughts. Did you grow up loving your body? Do you love it now? How do we move into loving our bodies if we don’t? How do we support our children and help them love their bodies? ————————- #ilovemybody #feminism #feminist #craftivism #craftivist #bodyimage

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