More than 1 million people are expected to attend the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. hoping for changes to gun regulations and school safety.
The famous “pussy hat” was a defining symbol of the inaugural and second Women’s March. Now, the woman behind designing the iconic piece of protest-wear is spearheading a new movement for March for Our Lives.
Krista Suh, an activist, artist andÂ screenwriter, is hopingÂ to make “evil eye” gloves a presence atÂ this weekend’s march after the success of her Pussyhat Project. Her vision is to create a sea of eyes to represent government transparency, safety and visibility.
The idea originally came to Suh in a dream even before the first Women’s March and the rise of the pussy hat. She’s held onto the concept ever since and waited for the right moment to launch the evil eyes project.
The gloves are made in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. The one thing they all have in common is an eye symbol on the palm. That can be created by knitting, crocheting, embroidery,Â drawing, patching on or even just putting a sticker on the palm.
“The hands are so expressive,” Suh said. “These eyes are so expressive. You could put your hand out in a stop motion, a blessing motion, hands up don’t shoot, I think there’s a lot of ways this works.”
The eyes will be a symbol of protecting children, not guns, Suh said, as the evil eye is an ancient symbol of protection. But they will also be an aggressive gaze, letting Congress know that history is watching.
“We have our eyes on politicians who take money from the NRA, for example,” Suh said. “We are watching, and you need to serve the people, not lobbyists.”
Suh estimated that thousands of gloves have beenÂ sent in to the Women’s Democratic Club in Washington, D.C., and some included notes of support.
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“This is not just the coastal regions,” Suh said.Â “We have people from Idaho and Illinois sending them in to D.C., so it becomes a really powerful statement.”
Suh and other volunteersÂ will pass out the gloves and evil eye stickers for free at the march.
People are also making them at home for themselves to wear during March for Our Lives rallies locally or in Washington, D.C.
When she thought of the idea for both the evil eye gloves and the pussy hats, Suh said she kept practicality and visibility in mind. For example, T-shirts are covered up as soon as the wearer puts something over it, soÂ it’s not always visible.
The evil eye gloves are meant to be an inclusive project that can be adjusted based on what works best for those involved, Suh said.
“I think theyÂ are very intersectional,” Suh said. “Eyes are used as symbols all over the world.”
She emphasized that everyone is an equalÂ part of the story, from the knitters at home to the people who end up with the gloves at the march. She wants the movement to create a feeling of not being alone
“I remember my first march I was really scared and didn’t know what to expect,” Suh said. “And to be given a gift that literally shelters you, keeps you warm and comes with a note… I think it’s a really powerful moment.”
Ultimately, Suh describesÂ the evil eye gloves as a “gateway drug” into further activism.
“This is sort of like the climax of the movie, but we still need a resolution,” Suh said. “I think the nice thing about knitting or crafting or however you make this, is you have this tactile reminder to stay involved.”
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