Wear and Resist was started by Sarah Day in early 2017. Having grown up in both the US and UK, the political events of 2016 affected her strongly. She wanted to find a way to channel her frustration and rage into a creative endeavor that would raise money for charities working to promote women’s equality and protect women’s rights, which she saw being eroded by Trump’s policies and the growing right-wing movement in the UK.
She had always had a love of eye-catching jewellery but all of a sudden she felt the need to wear something that made a real statement; something that would speak to other women. Inspired by the jewellery worn by suffragists and suffragettes, she 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. Repeal necklaces 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 Sarah and hand-made by her in her Oxfordshire studio. Her daughter Eliza is her model and often helps at festivals and fairs.
At the moment Wear and Resist supports ten charities that support women, with £2 from each word going to the relevant charity. Wear and Resist has a growing following on social media and Sarah is constantly updating the Persisterhood gallery.
Recent collaborations have included a Power necklace with Mary Beard to celebrate her book, Women & Power,
and she has just designed a Difficult Woman necklace for Helen Lewis, whose book is launching this month.
When she’s not making necklaces you’ll find her writing. Her books have been long listed for several major novel prizes. Having always had a deep interest in both writing and art, (she also has an MFA in painting) she has a passion for the aesthetic appeal of fonts, and the feminist use of text in art by artists including Barbara Kruger.
Her ideal art collection (which she is constantly perfecting in her mind) would consist entirely of text-based works and would definitely include this neon piece by Tracy Emin.