The only rules for your submission is that the piece be created on a 12 inch x 12 inch piece of fabric with a clean 1 inch border around the entire piece. The border is so that we can stitch all of the stories together without impacting your art. Cool? Cool. 

That's the only rule. Don't invent rules that don't exist! Don't limit yourself. You can use words, images, a combination. You can stitch it, sew it, quilt it, embroider it, felt it, paint it, beadwork it, knit it, crochet it, play with mixed media...endless options! 

Tell your story. Literal, figurative, symbolic, abstract...whatever feels right to you.

Your deadline is: 2 months from right now.

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Developing Your Story

The most challenging and exciting part of this whole process is going to be the work that you do to determine what your story is. 

I have intentionally avoided any sort of theme for the stories because quite simply, our lives are not organized by theme. I didn’t want to drive or force a narrative. I want you to determine what your narrative is. 

First things first, you have to make me a promise. Promise me that you won’t overthink this to the point of inaction. 

Say it with me: 

I will not overthink this. I will start and make progress and choices and I will create. I will participate in this journey and follow it where it leads. I will allow myself time for self reflection and discovery. If I get stuck, I will pivot and carry on. My story matters. I am a valuable contributor to Badass HERstory.


Now I think I’ve made it clear that I have your back so I’m not just going to leave my analytical thinkers without some direction. 

Below you will find some activities that I have come up with that should help you get started thinking about how to tell your story. Use what you like. If you come up with different activities or find resources that help you, please share! 

Write your life story in 3 sentences. 
2. ____________________________________
3. ____________________________________


Answer the following to identify key moments and turning points in your life.

  • The proudest day of my life was when: 
  • The moment everything changed was when:
  • I couldn’t believe it when:

Reflection Questions. Write or draw your answers to the questions that speak to you.

  • What do you know for sure?
  • What inspires you?
  • What scares you?
  • What is your first (or best) memory?
  • What is your favorite place to travel to?
  • What don't people know about you?
  • What do you think about when you are alone?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • What do you believe?
  • What expression or saying do you love? (or which one do you hate?)
  • Who do you admire?
  • What's the most outrageous thing you have ever done (that you can share)?
  • If we came over for dinner what would you prepare for us?
  • A little known fact about yourself?
  • Who is your favorite character? (tv, literary, whatever)
  • What do you suck at?
  • What is your hidden talent?
  • What do you geek out about?
  • Favorite quote?
  • Favorite word?
  • Who helped get you here?
  • What is the world missing?
  • How long do you think you would you survive the zombie apocalypse? Why?
  • What gets you through a rough day?
  • What’s your craziest idea?
  • What new thing have you learned lately?
  • What’s the best advice you have ever given?
  • What’s the smartest thing you have ever said?
  • Where do you go for inspiration?
  • Tell us about your creative process?
  • Pet peeves?
  • Tell us about a time you surprised yourself
  • What made you cry this year?
  • What are you most grateful for?
  • How do you take care of yourself?
  • Tell us about an epic "first"
  • What do you wish you had more time for?
  • When do you feel most at peace?
  • What do you do when you feel stuck?
  • What do you hope will be different by this time next year?
  • As you look back over your life what threads do you recognize?
  • What moments in your life touched your deepest feelings?


Head to for some visual inspiration.

I just want to be super duper clear - these pieces are meant to inspire your creativity, some folks need visuals. Your story is unique and personal and your art should be unique and personal. Copying is not, in fact, the sincerest form of flattery when it comes to's just copyright infringement. ; )


Use a story map! I used to love these in middle school. Treat your life like a novel. Who are the characters? What is the plot? 

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Conduct interviews with the people you love. Ask them questions about you!

  • What do you think I’m good at?
  • What do you love about me?
  • What makes me laugh?
  • What do you secretly wish I was better at?
  • Tell me your favorite memory of me/us
  • Tell me my story in 1 minute or less
  • What songs remind you of me?
  • Come up with your own!


One more time for good measure, say it with me!

I will not overthink this. I will start and make progress and choices and I will create. I will participate in this journey and follow it where it leads. I will allow myself time for self reflection and discovery. If I get stuck, I will pivot and carry on. My story matters. I am a valuable contributor to Badass HERstory.



What Do You Do When You Finish Your Story?



and then follow the instructions below.

  1. You stare at it and dance around celebrating your story and your artistic brilliance!
  2. You photograph it.
    • If you like, you can post it to all of your social media accounts.
    • Use the #BadassHERstory tag and tag @BadassHERstory so you can connect with folks and so that I can repost it!
  3. You use the form below to submit your digital entry. 
  4. You print and fill out the analog submission form.
  5. You pack up your piece to mail. 
    • I highly recommend putting your final piece into a plastic zip bag before you put it into the mailer or envelope.
    • Put the zip bag with your piece and your completed analog submission form into a mailer or envelope.
    • Mail it to me at:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago 

Attn: Shannon Downey / Badass HERstory

4753 N Broadway Street #502

Chicago, Illinois, USA  60640


Some Thoughts On Submitting.

Mailing can be expensive especially if you have to ship from outside of the USA. If you are part of a stitch group, you are a group ambassador, or you know other folks around you who are participating, wait until everyone is done and ship them all in one package and split the costs. 

If you group ship, please be sure that each entry is in it's own zip bag with the analog entry form so I can keep each piece and artist together. This could get messy otherwise. 

I am working on some solutions for folks who simply cannot afford to ship their pieces. If you find that to be true for you, please email me. I don't want shipping costs to be a barrier to anyone participating in the project! 


Digital Submission Form

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Analog Submission Form

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