The circle symbolizes the womb, a baby’s head, the human brain, the earth. And we, a planet-size network of people who care about people living with FASD, are the knot that will make them whole.
If women did not drink in pregnancy, FASD would be totally eliminated — let’s rename this little piece of cord “The FAS Not”!
Wear a FAS Knot – it truly is a symbol of hope! Order yours from Brian today, they are a lovely gift to give to volunteers and participants in FASD Awareness.
The FAS Knot lapel pin was inspired by a design by BC artist Gail MacLanders. These pins have been used by support groups to raise funds and to honour benefactors The pins are available for $3.50 each for orders of 25 or more plus shipping from FASworld Canada, 408 – 452 Scarborough Golf Club Road, Toronto, ON M1G 1H1. Please order from firstname.lastname@example.org
The FAS Knot was designed by Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox and is a trademark of FASworld Canada. we encourage groups to support FASD to use it for promotion or fundraising — just let us know when you do so. Send your project information to email@example.com
The Knot Tied Round the World
When Bonnie & Brian were looking for a symbol that would truly reflect the international need for a unifying emblem, they discovered that all those ribbon loops were already using every colour of the rainbow. So, inspired by the groundbreaking 1989 book, The Broken Cord, by Michael Dorris, they decided to reconnect the “broken cord”.
The FAS Knot symbolizes a loving community that works together to help eliminate Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The broken cord may refer to the umbilical cord, the spinal cord, the nervous system, the cord between the generations, or the cable on an elevator. The cord is tied in a square wknot, sometimes called a reef knot, the favoured knot for reconnecting a broken line or cord. The knot is stronger than the cord itself, and cannot be broken or snapped.
By choosing a cord instead of a ribbon, we are separating ourselves from all the other campaigns. We are not just another cause trying to raise money — we represent those millions of individuals and their families who have gone unrecognized, unidentified, neglected here and throughout the world.
Make a FAS Knot
Take an 8 in. piece of 3/16” white cord and make a circle about the size of your thumb, then tie right over left and under; left over right and under. It looks like two loops intertwined. Volunteers around the world have used thinner cord, cedarbark, deer hide strips, even seal skin — the choice is up to you.
The circle symbolizes the womb, a baby’s head, the human brain, the earth. And we, a planet-size network of people who care about people living with FASD, are the knot that will make them whole. If women did not drink in pregnancy, FASD would be totally eliminated — let’s rename this little piece of cord “The FAS Not”!