What is Quill?

  • Connector.

    Power

    This is a space for us to support each other in self-actualization (finding *my* voice).

  • Connector.

    Solidarity

    This is a space for us to form a community of solidarity, to claim space in society that rejects the existence and value of our identities (finding *our* voice).

  • Connector.

    Resource Re-appropriation

    By doing this, we hope to re-appropriate material conditions that have been withheld from us as women, queer folks, trans* folks, oppressed folks of all kinds.

  • Connector.

    Community

    We are here, together, for voice, freedom and justice.

I’m Rebecca
Woodmass,

Founder
of Quill
Creative.

I’m a
classical singer,
web developer
and designer,
writer,
activist,
and
intersectional
feminist.

VOICE

 

Cultural production and self-expression can and should be used to build new alternatives to the current dominant ideologies of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy.

 

FREEDOM

 

We as marginalized people can re-appropriate resources – namely money and power –  withheld from us by the dominant societal ideologies, to gain autonomy from oppressive people and systems. 

 

JUSTICE

 

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson

 

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Daily Statements

 

  • Anti-Racism today means examining how you, personally, can be in solidarity with #colinkaepernick and those who stand with him. #boycottnfl
  • Angela Davis spoke in Montreal last week and it was so life-giving. She spoke to the auditorium full of people of colour like she was speaking to insiders, mentees, team members, co-conspirators. And they are. I was and am honoured to share spaces and experiences like that with those that are carrying on the work of Angela Davis and other activists and writers and dreamers of colour in Montreal. I hold you, my community members, with so much love and admiration and will continue to follow your lead as we imagine and build a radically new society.
  • Celebrating beauty today!
  • Sometimes the right words come along late on a Sunday night. Thank-you, @serpentfire ✨ ... "~ Spiritual Erotica, Volume One ~ Chapter One: Help you understand the true power of your beautiful eyes, when they shine in the sunlight, reflecting the zenith glory of the whole universe in a microcosm Chapter Two: Guide your hand to the apex of your truest creative dream, to make it tactile and real Chapter Three: Take away your most fettered malignancies, and replace them with precious crystals, each more rare than the last Chapter Four: Clothe you in the finest cloaks of calm, joy and contentment, their warmth and velvety texture easing away even the most stubborn of woes Chapter Five: Reach into your abyss and turn on the light, so that you may make your way a little more easily through the unknown Chapter Six: Rest your subtle questions and burning desires in a warm bath of lavender and rose, gently dissolving them into zenful detachment Chapter Seven: Bear-hug your saddest moments as a child, thereby giving those heart-wrenching memories a touch of safety and softness. Goodnight all. #musingsonthepath"
  • @guerrillafeminism
  • I'm trying to cut through feelings of helplessness to access my power. If I am connected to a strong intention, that is when I feel the most capable. I don't have to be perfect or do everything, but I can focus my life, thoughts, and actions daily on the urgent tasks of justice. I can make my love and empathy into a focussed stream that rushes toward those things we desperately need more of.
  • via @poconlineclassroom
  • I am afraid of not being loved for who I am. I'm afraid that wherever I am small, I am not sufficient, and wherever I am abundant, I am overwhelming. That I need too much and give too little. At the same time, I know I'm doing the best I can. Is it good enough?
  • There are good things coming your way in the form of a website/advocacy collaboration between Quill and the @rlq_qln, working daily for the rights of marginalized women and femmes. Can't wait to build their new online presence. Also, check out the boob in their office. #freethenipple #feministfriday
  • Sometimes there's nothing to add- the facts speak for themselves.
  • How much so-called self care is actually used to soothe discomfort that should spur me to action or to change? How can I become increasingly uncomfortable with oppression and comfortable with boundaries and respect? Which art can get me there? From @revolutionartoffensive
  • @sweet_shanice wrote this 🙌🏼
  • This is where I come from. The memory is in my body, in my subconscious mind. And when I come back here, old habits, beliefs, perspectives resurface. I am starting to try to engage with my past and my ancestral memory with curiosity. What is buried in me because of things that happened in generations past? What harm have my white ancestors done that I need to heal from? Oppression requires a healing and recovery journey for the oppressor just as much as for the oppressed.
  • When I'm wondering where all the magic has gone, when I feel disconnected from myself, when I'm searching desperately for my muse, it feels good to laugh and take myself a little less seriously. I hope it helps you, too. Thanks, Shel!
  • I've been thinking about how my busyness, my tendency to take on a lot in my work life, and the pressure I put on myself to deliver at the expense of my wellbeing is a response to heteropatriarchal capitalist conditioning. I don't have answers, but I am trying to reclaim my time as my own and not give my power away so quickly. Also, 🙌🏼Maxine Waters🙌🏼
  • I've been very overwhelmed lately. This is an interesting perspective.
  • These are the real questions.
  • How can cis (not trans) people make life easier and better for trans people? <-- Things we should be focussing on.
  • Yesterday my new office was deflowered by Opera Op's unstoppable Founder Marc-Antoine d'Aragon. With @coffeeshopcreativeto on design and @quillcreatelive as project management, it's basically a match made in tech and music heaven. I had so much fun mapping Marc-Antoine's vision for the future of Opera Op with charcoal and pencil and I now am faced with the task of making it into a practical plan. Can't. Freaking. Wait. #collab @stephenbelltenor @operaop #operaop
  • Wanting everything to happen right now. Seeing an opportunity and thinking that if I don't take it, I will never get another one again. Being unable to trust the healing process of my body as as slow thing and the intuition of my heart as a sure thing. I'm working on this as I slowly, slowly unravel the threads of certain societal conditioning of whiteness and cisness and heteronormativity and ableism and ageism in my body. Slowness is good.
  • Ideals. Reposted from @toimarie
  • This is one example of a bit of wisdom that I would love to listen to Angela Davis talk about for hours. I can't begin to imagine the stories that led to her saying this. What I do know is I need to keep it in mind and in heart for when I feel overwhelmed by even my little part of the work... Angela Davis feels overwhelmed by it, too. And I can feel a little less alone.
  • "Racial privilege is like a gun that will auto-focus on [people of colour] until you learn to aim it. When utilized properly, it can do real damage to the White Supremacist system — and it’s a weapon that POC do not have. You have access to people and places we don’t. Your actions against racism carry less risk." -Ijeoma Oluo #feministfriday @ijeomaoluo
  • As much as it is an essential task to support others financially, emotionally, and as a co-conspirator in community and revolution, I also can seek support, inspiration, and joy within this community and this revolution. I allow myself to be uplifted by our victories. I allow myself to sing love songs and learn and write new ones. I allow my eyebrows to separate, my jaw to soften, and my fingers to curl open at every chance I get. I allow myself to trust that the new house we are fighting and struggling to build together can hold me in the moments that I need to be soft, be held, be nourished. "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." -Emma Goldman
  • You are gold. Do not
set yourself on fire to keep
other people warm. -Sade Andria Zabala. Thanks for posting this, @guerrillafeminism ! @sadeandriazabala
  • Vulnerability in my personal relationships is really hard for me. I'd rather stay isolated than reveal that I'm not actually perfect. I'm not actually superwoman. But ya know what? Fuck it. Every superhero has her explicit weakness, and isn't that the thing that makes the victory that much sweeter in the end?
  • Yes! Thanks, @vaginawitchcraft #kaylawrites !
  • Last night, I called 911 because someone I love was sending me texts about their suicide plans. I am so grateful that they are alive this morning, and that I am alive, and for all the people in my life that continue to fight the stigma of mental illness. The system would prefer to erase so many of us, especially queer and trans people of colour. The system wants to erase everyone that doesn't fit, that doesn't perfectly uphold it. For some of us, staying alive one day at a time is radical. It's one way of fighting. For some of us, some days, just continuing to exist is a massive task, a gift to our communities, and a big f you to the systems that oppress us. Sending love to all those people that will continue to live, exist, and feel their hearts beat for one more day.
  • #feministfriday “When cis people ask what trans people need to feel safer and better, get this: I don’t want your validation. I don’t want to be 'included' in your already-existing faulty systems that murders trans people and hurts cisgender people. I want you to deconstruct the current model of gender in our society and change it.” -Landyn Pan via POC Online Classroom Are you interested in engaging on a deeper level with other intersectional feminist artists, activists and entrepreneurs? Join our Facebook group, Quill Creative Community. #quillcommunity
  • I met Jen in our first yoga teacher training, and our friendship has especially blossomed in the last year and a half. She teaches me to reconnect to my body through movement, to the earth through groundedness, and to myself through truly courageous and vulnerable actions.⠀ ⠀ Today I'm so proud to launch jenniferkruidbos.com - proud of our work together, proud of her for the courage it takes to expose oneself to the world in all the beautiful ways she does, proud of both of us for trusting the other to bring this project to fruition.
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  • The gender binary is a harmful construct, even and especially when applied to energy (ie, "feminine" and "masculine" energy).
  • Taking care of myself and prioritizing my own growth sometimes makes me feel like a bad, selfish person. Reposting this artwork by @frances_cannon because it makes me uncomfortable in all the right ways. 🖤
  • I am certainly complicit in the gentrification of my neighborhood, but the gentrification itself is so upsetting to me. How to resist?
  • The intimacy of website-making
  • Who are the missing and murdered Indigenous women? They are individuals, all of whom had something unique they were appreciated for in their communities, all of whom had family, friends, love, struggle, and intelligence. The disappearance of each one of them is a tragedy. They should not be "lumped" together as a group in our minds - it's too hard to think of their names when we are constantly thinking of them as a number.
  • I believe that looking for the best questions is superior to looking for the best answers.
  • I believe in the long game, in progress, not perfection. And, I'm very impatient for the long game to go faster.
  • I believe that white people can be in a moment of transformation if we choose to participate in it, and that it will be a combination of more careful listening than ever before and a refusal to let guilt and shame block our ability to listen and act in solidarity with people of colour.
  • I believe there is something inseparable about the concepts of family, friendship, and community. Something to do with care and investment, and how we understand individual and collective privilege, accountability, and responsibility.
  • "u don't have to be a woman to be a feminist because u don't have to be a woman to experience sexism & (trans)misogyny! femininity does not belong to womanhood. sending all of my love & rage to all of the nonbinary and gender non-conforming folks out there who continue to be misgendered in the name of "women's rights." the struggle is not just FOR women the struggle is also AGAINST the gender binary! cis feminism/trans exclusionary feminism isn't feminism, it's just patriarchy lol." @alokvmenon
  • It is through connection with each other that we heal.⠀ It is through connection with each other that we change, transform.⠀ It is through connection with each other that we learn things.⠀ It is through connection with each other that we experience life deeply.
  • By @isabel_Abbott
  • I'm learning that love in action is to take care of the one I love.
  • I used to classify myself as "liberal" because I was an optimist, and now I identify as "radical" because I'm an optimist. For me, that shift happened when I expanded my imagination beyond the existing societal framework and realized it'll be SO MUCH BETTER for everyone I care about if we make completely new systems.
  • I don't care about positioning myself above anyone else. I only care about gaining and becoming co-conspirators.
  • There is room for everyone in the resistance, but the resistance will not be nice to anyone. That's why we need to deal with our fragility, internalized oppressions, and prejudice before we can work effectively as a team.

 

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