Hop River Brewery
The Shame Ritual x Fearless Women Monthly Meet-up
The Fearless Women's Monthly Meet-Up challenges the traditionally male-dominated beer scene by inviting a feminine reclamation of proud imbibing. A local brewery, Hop River, creates room within the too-often hustle and isolation of daily life. This bar calls to Oldenburg's Third Place, offering a not-home and not-work, but purely social gathering. The Shame Ritual was a collaboration for April's monthly Meet-Up. Continuing the theme of previous Meet-Ups, our goal was to facilitate an ephemeral, organic conversation between strangers about the ways in which shame is created socially, psychologically, and culturally. This conversation would culminate in a writing activity to acknowledge things for which we hold shame, and a ritualistic burning of those shames. Event photography by Kara Doak
The handmade zines facilitated a light and earnest conversation about shame.
I encouraged women at the meet-up to write the feelings and memories that the discussion prompted for them.
After writing, the women had the opportunity to burn their shame. Unprompted, they began to share their thoughts out loud to the group.