Clean Out Your Closet and Make Room for Meaning: The 12x12 Project Starts Today!

Dearest Poopers, I do so hope you'll find time this week for...

WHAT: The 12×12 Project. Sit, drink tea, and join me in transforming NYC's used clothing into a communal work of art. Clean out your closet or just come for the craft! WHERE: First Park, 33 East 1st Street (at the corner of Houston and 2nd Ave) WHEN: Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 12-7pm. Rain or shine!


WHY: In his preface to Twelve by Twelve, the inspiration for this project, World Policy Institute Senior Fellow and author William Powers asks: “How could humanity transition to gentler, more responsible ways of living by replacing attachment to things with deeper relationships to people, nature, and self?” This project is an opportunity to answer that question through action. For the next six days, the 12x12 will be a donation site for unused clothing, a model of consumption-less repurposing, and a space for crafting and community cohesion. (Read more about it in the original post.)

Craft, you say? Why, yes. To be specific, LATCH HOOK!

I gotta be honest with you now. The most exciting part of this entire thing might actually be the opportunity to latch hook. It's something I grew up doing with my parents, who used to do it together in the early days of their marriage. Talk about community, right? This goes waaaaay back... don't know how to latch hook? Don't let that stop you. It's easy, see?

So come on down! I can't wait to see you there.

Yours in balance,

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner


The World Policy Institute

The World Policy Institute is a center for global thought leadership focused on emerging challenges, thinkers, and solutions. World Policy Journal, fellows, events, policy development and media outreach, provide a forum for solution-directed policy analysis and debate from a global perspective. Arts Block

Fourth Arts Block (FAB) is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by cultural and community groups to establish and advance the East 4th Street Cultural District, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery. FABnyc is partnering on the 12×12 exhibition at First Park as part of their SUSTAIN project, with generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund:

wc_logo(clothing recycling)Wearable Collections

Wearable Collections creates hubs of collections that make it as easy for New Yorkers to recycle textiles as it is to recycle cans, bottles and papers. We keep clothing out of landfills while raising money for charitable organizations.