Red Cloud Project
Fellowship at Rights Studio: Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
Rights Studio is a design fellowship program created by Child Rights International Network where graduates explore the intersection between art and activism for 7 months focusing on human and children’s rights. The fellowship was piloted for the first time with Anna Tsuda, Maria Than, Bristy Azmi and I in 2019 which founded the Red Cloud Project. The campaign includes an educational book and an interactive box designed to break the shame and stigma around menstruation.
Book: From Your Big Sister - coming soon
Online Event: Segment for Irise's One World Period event.
Article: UAL Post-Grad Community
We were featured in the Post-Grad Community’s blog. The article discussed the process of our project, such as collecting crowdsourced stories, reaching out to NGO and children to peer review the content and hosting a period tracking bracelet workshop!
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Period Cloud, an interactive printing machine providing factual information on menstrual health and period poverty, crowdsourced stories about anything period-related, and positive stories of menstruation across cultures and religions.
The user simply presses a button and learns something new about periods. Our aim is to encourage discussion around periods and to open up the conversation as much as possible. The receipt acts as a springboard for dialogue, or simply for the user to reflect on the content. This was a way for us to explore alternative and creative ways of delivering knowledge or engaging with our audience. All content were extracts from our upcoming book.
The Period Cloud was showcased at Tate Modern for International Women’s Day 2020.
As we were writing our book, we wanted to explore alternative ways of sharing knowledge and engaging audiences in discussing important social topics in
public or community spaces. Activism starts with a conversation or simply
sharing your opinion.
First, we looked for a way to store the information and found a storage box shaped as a cloud. We then carefully planned out what each of the 5 buttons, screen and printer were going to do. As the storage box was made from wood
we were able to drill 5 large holes in the correct size to fix each bottom using an electric hole saw in the UAL Camberwell workshop. We then laser cut the red drops to attach onto the buttons. Using a silhouette machine we created
Tech-wise, we used the Arduino microcontroller, a thermal printer and a LCD screen. One of our team members is a Masters student in Creative Computing who has tested the tech beforehand. Once we had programmed the buttons to the printer and screen, we assembled the cloud and tidied up the wires for the final prototype.
Period Tracking Bracelet Workshop
We hosted a period tracking bracelet workshop at MenstrUAL Festival, a two-day event organised and ran by UAL's Post-grad community at Central Saint Martins. Thank you for the opportunity! Read more about this event here.
Wearing a period tracking bracelet is a tangible way of visualising the menstrual phases throughout the month. We found sitting and talking with people while they made their personalised bracelets to be an engaging experience, since it's not often you can ask strangers what stage they are in their menstrual cycle.
Through the Red Cloud Project, we have encountered many exciting opportunities like taking part in Irise’s Empower Period podcast in May. We discussed Menstruation in the Media and explored how menstruation is written about within religions. The podcast was hosted by Acushla Young and Maria Tomlinson.
Additionally, we hosted a segment on Irise's One World Period event for Menstrual Hygiene Day (Thursday 28th May). The livestreamed event featured entertainment and educational sections co-created by the menstrual health community who care about restoring power to the most vulnerable menstruators. Using the content of the book, we shared about how menstruation is spoken about within different religions and the '5 WHY'S' exercise as a way to get to the root of an issue.