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How I made my Red Tent

by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD

I had a dream that I wanted every screening of “Things We Don’t Talk About” to be in a giant Red Tent that would travel around with me in a 2 suitcases and be big enough for up to 300 people. But how was this going to work logistically?

Red Tent at a screening

The filmmaker’s Red Tent at a screening of “Things We Don’t Talk About”

I have been a participant in the Red Tent movement since it began and I have helped set up many Red Tents and Red Tent Temples. But the set up always took a LONG time, with hours and hours of labor by numerous women. So how was I going to make it easy to create a huge Red Tent for a screening if it took so much time to create a small one for only 20 women? As I thought about it, one problem that always came up with building the Red Tent was the different size fabrics. The fabrics were often donated curtains, sheets, or yardage. Most yardage is 44 inches or 56 inches wide. While some of the pieces were very long, they were also very narrow and could not cover an entire wall.

How to create it?

I created large panels of fabric that were all the same size and could cover a wall very quickly and without much thought to the design (when it was being hung). So from March 2012 to May 2012, I had an opportunity to have a studio space at the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, a fabric museum, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while I was finishing my PhD and the film. It wasn’t really a studio space, it was more of an empty room with a large bulletin board so I could pin up the different fabrics and create the design for the panels. Almost all of the fabric that I used to create my panels where donated, found at the thrift store, or purchased cheaply on Ebay. The decorative materials that I purchased on Ebay were Indian Sari and Uzbek Suzani. Which were both large and inexpensive ways of adding beautiful fabrics to the plain yardage.

Having spent many summers with my grandmother, who was a talented quilter, I have some sewing and design skills. If this is not a talent you have, my suggestion is to reach out to your friends and family members. There must be someone in your community that can sew and that could help you. Basically the gist of it is to take all of the small pieces of fabric and sew them together in a pattern that you like so that it saves time when you put up your Red Tent. I have found that it takes about 5 minutes to put up one of my panels. For your space, wouldn’t it be nice if you had a beautiful Red Tent that could go up in about 20 minutes or less?

My panels are 15 feet wide by 13 feet tall. I chose 13 feet tall for myself because most ceilings at either 8 feet or 12 feet and I wanted to make sure that my panels would drape on the floor a little bit if I was in a 12 foot space. As for why I created my panels 15 feet wide, that was the size of my bulletin board, but you can chose any width. I would suggest maybe at least 10 feet wide.

Here are examples of some of my Red Tent panels.

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To see more example of what the panels look like in different screening venues click here.

How to Hang it?

The second problem that I found with setting up numerous Red Tents was how to hang the fabric. Most groups use thumbtacks or staples to hang the fabric on the wall. But this was a not a good solution for me because I want to do 400 screenings of “Things We Don’t Talk About.” If I put a thumbtack into my fabric that many times it would shred the fabric after just a few events. I also wanted to be gentle on the space and not put a million holes in the wall. So I put grommets along the top edge of all of my panels at intervals of 1 foot. So there are 15 grommets in each panel.

Grommets

Grommets

I hang my Red Tent using 1 of 2 methods:

  • My favorite is using a 3” binder ring, which I purchased from Office Depot. I put the binder ring through the grommet and then I clip or hang the ring onto things in the space like the grid for a drop ceiling, poles, wall sconces, crown molding, nails already in the space, window frames, etc.
  • My other solution is to put a thumbtack into the wall and then hang the grommet on the thumbtack. I don’t often use this method because I don’t like to leave holes in the wall, but when this is my only option I have found that a thumbtack every 3 feet is sufficient.

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I’m Fearless…

The non-ordinary space inside a Red Tent evokes powerful reactions from women. Even a woman who is no stranger to empowerment can be amazed by what she sees…and by the strength of her response.

Join us in the virtual “Red Tent” for today’s episode of Red Tent TV.

After you’ve watched the episode, I’d love to know…

What makes you feel fearless?

I look forward to reading your comments below.

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Opening song “Red Tent Temple” by Mother Turtle. http://www.motherturtle.com/

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Through it All

a song by Mother Turtle

 

Mother Turtle

This clip of the song “Through it All” are featured in the film “Things We Don’t Talk About”. It was sung by Mother Turtle and the women of the Baldwinville,  MA Red Tent Temple during our filming. The clip above is the unedited, original footage. The edited sequence of the song “Through it All” in the final film includes an additional film score composed and produced by Ruth Mendelson.

Lyrics

Through it all. I will love

Through it all. I will love

I will walk through the pain and get drenched in the rain, but I will love.

And I may fall, lose my way, but I will heal anyway because I am love.

Through it all. I will love

Through it all. I will love

I will walk through the pain and get drenched in the rain, but I will love.

And I may fall, lose my way, but I will heal anyway because I am love.

Through it all. I will love

Through it all. I will love

Through it all. I will love

Through it all

I will love

I will walk through the pain and get drenched in the rain, but I will love.

And I may fall, lose my way, but I will heal anyway because I am love.

I will love

I will walk through the pain and get drenched in the rain, but I will love.

And I may fall, lose my way, but I will heal anyway because I am love.

Through it all. I will love

Through it all. I will love

Through it all. I will love

Through it all. I will love

 

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Women of Today

 

 

“Women of Today” is the song in the trailer for “Things We Don’t Talk About”. The song was written by Faith Rivera of Lil’ Girl Creations & Beth Eichel Productions www.FaithRivera.com and www.BethEichelProductions.com

 

Lyrics

We are mothers
We are daughters
We are sisters
We are friends
We are teachers
We are leaders
We are women
Hear us sing

We are beauty
We are gracefulness
To all who
Come our way
Our hearts are soft
Our spirit’s strong
We are the women of today
We are the voices of today
We are the spirit of today

We are white
We are black
We are all colors
In between
We are young
We are old
We’re bound by
Vision, bound by Dreams

We are timeless
We are present
We’re the future
Here today
Our hearts are soft
Our spirit’s strong
We are the women of today
We are the voices of today
We are the spirit of today
We are the women of today
We are the Spirit of today

Today our love will heal our brothers
Bring us back to one another
Let us be the way back to the wonder
We are the women of today

We are purpose
We are perfect
We are present
We are here
To love you as you are

We are courage
We are passion
We are still

Our hearts are soft
Our spirit’s strong
We are the women of today
We are the voices of today
We are the spirit of today
We are the women of today
We are the spirit of today

We are mothers, We are daughters
We are sisters, We are friends
We are white, We are black
We are young, We are old
We are timeless, We are present
Our hearts are soft, Our spirit’s strong
We are teachers, We are leaders
We are beauty, We are grace

To purchase the song “Women of Today” click here

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It’s a space held and created by women…

Deep within, women hold a knowing of what the Red Tent is. Sanctuary, sacred place, healing home: we know it when we see it because it is already inside us. Though it may feel uncomfortable and strange at first, the more we return to it, the more we return to ourselves.

Join us in the virtual “Red Tent” for today’s episode of Red Tent TV.

After you’ve watched the episode, I’d love to know…

What does the Red Tent mean to you?

I look forward to reading your comments below.

If you liked this video, subscribe to our channel & sign up for our free weekly episodes of Red Tent TV at http://www.redtent.tv/

Missed my most recent episodes? Watch them here:
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Enjoy the video and have a fantastic day! Thanks for watching!

My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZGBmANkmSBD1337JiQWbw
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Opening song “Red Tent Temple” by Mother Turtle. http://www.motherturtle.com/

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All We Need is Love

a song by Wendy Love

 

 

“All We Need is Love” by Wendy Love is featured in the closing sequence of the film “Things We Don’t Talk About.”

To purchase the song click here.

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Sacredness (The Blood Song)

a song by Shylah Ray Sunshine

“Sacredness (The Blood Song)” by Shylah Ray Sunshine

is featured in the closing credits of the film “Things We Don’t Talk About.”

To purchase the song click here.

 

Shylah Ray Sunshine

Lyrics

My blood is the sacredness of the wombyn within me
My blood is a sacrifice of what could be…
My blood is the sacredness of the wombyn within me
My blood is a ceremony of life flowing to me and through me
My blood is the medicine from the birth of a baby
My blood is a gift to the flowers and the trees
To the Earth and all of humanity…

 

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