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About

               Sarah Day the founder of Wear and Resist stands in front of her workbench.

Wear and Resist was started by me, Sarah Day, in early 2017. Having grown up in both the US and UK, the political events of 2016 affected me strongly. I wanted to find a way to channel my frustration and rage into a creative endeavour that would raise money for charities working to promote women’s equality and protect women’s rights, which I saw being eroded by Trump’s policies and the growing right-wing movement in the UK.  

I have always had a love of eye-catching jewellery, but all of a sudden I felt the need to wear something around my neck that made a real statement; something that would speak to other women. Inspired by the jewellery worn by suffragists and suffragettes, I wanted to create pieces that would demonstrate an allegiance to this suddenly urgent feminist cause.

The word Resist was soon joined by Nasty and then Persist – in reference to the derogatory comments made about Elizabeth Warren – ‘Nevertheless she Persisted’ – that then became a feminist rallying cry. I made Repeal necklaces and raised money for ARC in the lead up to the Irish Referendum on Abortion, and Feiminí was designed in collaboration with Irish Gaelic speakers reflecting this growing feminist movement in Ireland.  

Wear and Resist has grown word by word and colour by glittery colour. Each item is designed by and hand-made by me in my Oxfordshire studio. My daughter Eliza is my model. 

   Eliza Day Wear and Resist model at the Primadonna Festival in 2019.        
(You might have met her at the briliant Primadonna Festival in 2019!)    
Eliza Day models a Resist necklace

At the moment Wear and Resist supports eight charities that support women, with £2 from each necklace and brooch. Wear and Resist has a growing following on social media and the Persisterhood Gallery is a brilliant reflection of the amazing women that wear my jewellery. 

Collaborations have included a Power necklace with Mary Beard to celebrate her book, Women & Power

Group shot of power necklaces with Mary Beard's Women and Power paperback Mary Beard wearing Power necklace
and more recently Power statement hoops!
Power earrings in collaboration with Mary Beard, glitter power statement hoops

and a Difficult Woman necklace for the hardback publication of Helen Lewis's book 

Difficult Woman necklace by Wear and Resist in collaboration with Helen Lewis to celebrate the launch of her book Difficult WomanDifficult Woman necklace made in collaboration with Helen Lewis
Difficult necklace made in collaboration with Helen Lewis for her book Difficult Women

During the Irish Referendum I made Repeal necklaces to raise money for the UK branch of the ARC and Helen wore a Repeal necklace on the Andrew Marr show, which caused a huge spike in sales! 

Helen Lewis on the Andrew Marr show wearing a Wear and Resist Repeal necklace

I followed the result with a Repealed the 8th design.

 

    Repealed the 8th Wear and Resist necklace in indigo frostRepealed the 8th necklace made to celebrate the result of the Irish Referendum in support of ARC

 

After Lady Hale delivered the UK’s Supreme Court ruling, 

Lady Hale 
I designed a Lady Hale spider brooch, which remains  popular.
  Group shot of wear and resist Lady Hale spider brooches

When I'm not making necklaces you’ll find me writing. My books have been longlisted for several major novel prizes. Having always had a deep interest in both writing and art, (I also has an MFA in painting and worked at Sotheby's auction house for many years) I have a passion for the aesthetic appeal of fonts, and the use of text in art. 

My ideal art collection (which I am constantly perfecting in my mind) would consist entirely of text-based works and would definitely include this neon piece by Tracy Emin

Tracy Emin's BE BRAVE neon painting

I didn't know how to run a jewellery business before I started. I just didn't give myself time to think and did what I loved doing. I simply followed my own creative urges. I think this might be the only path to take if you want to love your job as much as I do! 

Keep persisting, 

Sarah 

Sarah Day the founder of Wear and Resist