AUTONOMOUS DESIGN UNION IS A NETWORK OF ARTISTS AND TEXTILE WORKS IN DETROIT, MI. FOUNDED IN 2018 WITH THE GOAL OF PROVIDING MEMBERS WITH ACCESS TO INDUSTRIAL SEWING EQUIPMENT, SUPPORT AND CONSULTATION.

WE ARE FRIENDS, CREATIVES, COLLABORATORS, AND FREELANCERS WHO:

WISH TO COLLECTIVELY UTILIZE MATERIAL RESOURCES SUCH AS SPACE, MACHINES, AND TOOLS IN ORDER TO ENHANCE AND BRING EASE TO OUR PERSONAL VENTURES, BRANDS, AND PROJECTS. 

 

FURTHERMORE, WE KNOW THAT OUR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ARE OUR MOST VALUABLE ASSETS, AND OUR PEERS ARE OUR MOST VALUABLE TEACHERS. 

 

WE ALSO HONOR THE OTHER BENEFITS TO OUR CRAFT OFFERED BY WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR PEERS; WHO INSPIRE US, ENCOURAGE US, AND SUPPORT US EMOTIONALLY IN OUR VULNERABLE MOMENTS AS MAKERS AND PEOPLE. 

 

ONCE WE HAVE DEVELOPED OUR INTERNAL SYSTEMS FOR AUTONOMY, WE WISH TO CREATE MORE CONNECTIONS ACROSS OUR INTERSECTING COMMUNITIES, SHARING OUR SKILLS WITH THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN OUR EFFORTS SO THEY MAY ENJOY ALL THE RESOURCES PROVIDED SAFELY AND WITHOUT CREATIVE LIMITATION (BESIDES THE ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS OF THE COLLECTIVE).

 

WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, AS A MEANS OF SUPPORTING OUR HOLISTIC LIVELIHOODS, THE CAPITALIST MODEL OF EMPLOYMENT IS INADEQUATE AT BEST AND OPPRESSIVE AT WORST. 

 

HOWEVER, WE ARE FORCED TO ENGAGE WITH CAPITALISM IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, AND THEREFORE WE MUST BUILD WEBS FOR RESILIENCE, TO ENABLE EACH OTHER TO THRIVE DESPITE ECONOMIC OPPRESSION. 

 

FINALLY, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO WORK TOGETHER, AND ALL AGREEMENTS MADE WILL BE LIVING DOCUMENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE UPON A VOTE OF ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS.

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