She stitched Trump’s tweets to cope with the insanity and an army of needleworkers joined her

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America's media cycle and collective psyche are unfortunately tethered to Donald Trump's daily Twitter rants.

His diatribes can be frightening, such as the time he threatened military action against North Korea. Nonsensical, like the time he tweeted "covfefe." And disturbingly racist, like when he threatened The Squad by telling them to "go back" to the countries from which they came.


Everyone has their own way of coping with Trump; artist Diana Weymar found it therapeutic to stitch the president's words. The first time was in January 2018 when she stitched "I am a very stable genius" into an old piece of her grandmother's embroidery.

Soon, Weymar was stitching one or two quotes a day. Her friends started to join in, as well as strangers she met on Instagram. Weymar labeled her growing art collective the "Tiny Pricks Project."

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"For me, the stitching was cathartic, and I was interested in creating a record," Weymar told artnet News. "When I saw Trump's words in thread on a personal textile, it was different than reading his Twitter account."

Her work captured the attention of San Francisco's Mule Gallery and the Lingua Franca boutique in New York City.

As of this summer, Weymar has stitched over 300 Trump quotes and her collaborators have sent her 400 more. She hopes to get to 2,020 in time for the 2020 election. She plans to group the artwork together in categories such as the Brett Kavavaugh confirmation and North Korea.

"They are constantly being mailed in," Weymar said. "It's like my birthday every time one arrives—people are sending me presents!"

Here are just a few of the wonderful and cathartic stitches form the Tiny Pricks Project.


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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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