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About Craftivist Collective

We are a group of people who marry activism with craft. Our Manifesto is: "To expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art. This will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions." We do craftivism projects as individuals and groups all over the world and would love you to join in on the fun that trys to have a positive effect on the world. All events are open to all, anyone can take on one of our projects we just ask for photo evidence and your thougths for our blog. If you feel you need more support to deliver a project just ask! :)
  1. March 2014 V&A craftivism event- the results

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    During Fairtrade Fortnight & in the lead up to International Womens Day (8th March) and in support of Oxfam’s GROW campaign, we worked with the V&A to share the story of the inspiring & strong Christine, a Kenyan farmer I met who gave inspired our Tomato Jam project.

     

    All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

    Jam jars including all instructions set up for people to use, read & reflect on. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

     

    Our big central table was always full with people taking part and often we had to sprawl out onto the side tables. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/


    Our big central table was always full with people taking part and often we had to sprawl out onto the side tables. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

    From 11am-4pm on 2nd March 2014, with the help of 10 craftivist volunteers and craft resources provided by Coats Crafts we helped over 100 participants stitch gender equality messages onto the lids of jam jars & think about the struggles women around the world face and how we can help support them. Everyone who attended (just under 150 people!) were encouraged to then take their jar home to fill with jam (courtesy of Christine’s recipe) & gift to someone who you want to be part of the solution to world hunger. 

     

    We gave people suggestions of provocative messages they could stitch or to use to inspire their own messages or paraphrase. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

    We gave people suggestions of provocative messages they could stitch or to use to inspire their own messages or paraphrase. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

     

    We gave people suggestions of provocative messages they could stitch or to use to inspire their own messages or paraphrase. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

    Coats Craft also provided embellishments in a big box people rummaged around in. Oxfam provided more info on the GROW campaign. I love this wooden hand button a craftivist found and used! All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

     

    This was the second in our series of workshops with the V&A and once again, the feedback was awesome! We saw some familiar faces from the December workshop from children who had begged their parents to take them again to mums who begged their children or friends to come with them! We had a few craftivists come who we recognised from previous events & projects and had lots of people who came along with an open mind and curiosity keen to try some craftivism. I love the fact that we always get some shy people come on their own too knowing that we are a friendly bunch who will support them. 

     

    Some people came on their own and chatted to people nearby, others came in small groups. Many people stayed for over an hour or more engrossed in their craftivism work and chatting about food justice. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

    Some people came on their own and chatted to people nearby, others came in small groups. Many people stayed for over an hour or more engrossed in their craftivism work, reading and chatting about food justice. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

     

    People of all ages working together on their craftivism jars and talking about how we can be part of the solution to a just food system. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

    People of all ages working together on their craftivism jars and talking about how we can be part of the solution to a just food system. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

     

    We warned people that this drop-in session needs at least 20minutes to get to grips with what the project is, read all the info and start feeling the meditative benefits of craftivism. Most people stayed for at least an hour and we had some people who stayed longer! People came to the event for many different reasons: some people came because of the cause & wanting to do something linked to International Womens Day, some people who came because they want to be an activist but are nervous how to so saw this as a good way in to think about how they can be better global citizens, some activists came to see how craft can be used in activism and some craft-lovers came to see how craft can be used to do activism. There were many other reasons people came too!

     

    It was a great day full of thoughtful conversations about food inequality and what we can do to tackle it; from buying more ethically, campaigning with Oxfam to challenge companies and governments to support farmers rights, and thinking more intentionally about our actions. We collected lovely feedback on Twitter, Instagram and at the end of the session when we had to politely ask people to leave to close up. People were genuinely proud of the jars they had created and told each other why they stitched their message on the jar and who they were going to give their jam to (parents, teachers, local business, politicians and councillors were amongst a few of the lucky recievers). 

     Thanks to our 10 volunteer Craftivists for making the day super chilled and reflective for people! I’m proud to be a craftivist amongst you all. 

     

    New Craftivists proudly showing their completed craftivism jam jar lids. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

    New Craftivists proudly showing their completed craftivism jam jar lids. All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

     

    "True peace will never grow strong in the soil of inequality." All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

    “True peace will never grow strong in the soil of inequality.” All images by Jasmine Farram of http://fleurfarram.tumblr.com/

     

    If you want to help at our next V&A workshop on Sunday 11th May 11am-4pm please do email us. We have 3 spaces left! 

    If you couldn’t attend this event don’t worry, you can still get involved in the project on your own or in a group anywhere in the world. All information is here. Plus keep an eye out for future events here and don’t forget that you can do any of our other projects using our kits and other products such as our A Little Book of Craftivism all in our Etsy shop here

     

    Christine’s Recipe: Make your own tomato jam with this simple recipe

    Makes 6 half pints Ingredients:

    • 5 cups peeled and quartered tomatoes.
    • Strips of the tomato skin
    • 5 cups of sugar
    • 1 lemon, sliced thinly and seeded
    • 2 tablespoons butter

    Method: Put tomatoes, sugar and sliced lemon in large, heavy pot and bring to slow boil over medium- high heat, stirring occasionally. When foam rises to surface, add butter and continue stirring and simmering until preserves thicken, about 45 minutes. (To test, stick a fork into preserves. When preserves cling to tines of fork, it should be thick enough to can). Pour preserves into sterilized jars, seal and process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.

     

    Instruction video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd42D3_akyc

  2. “When I found out there was a craftivist collective event in Glasgow… I had to go and this is what I found”

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    Craftivist Collective Event Glasgow Review by Laura Polson 

    On the 18th of March a Craftivist Collective event was held in Glasgow. Here, Laura Polson an Australian media student and aspiring craftivist shares her experience and guide* to the evening. If you would like to blog for us please do email us. 

     

    A group shot by Laura of our full table in cosy Cushion & Cake workshop venue. All images by Laura Polson

    A group shot by Laura of our full table in cosy Cushion & Cake workshop venue. All images by Laura Polson

     

    About me:

    My first interaction with craftivism was quite similar to how most people might discover it, in fact it was the way Sarah the founder of the craftivist collective found it to. How? Well we googled it. In her googling quest Sarah found the term ‘craftivism’ coined by Betsy geer and not much else, which inspired her to start her own movement. Years later, when I googled I found this very movement – in the form of a newfound collective of craftivists including events and projects formed by Sarah. 

     

    I was desperate to be a part of it, but there was a little problem… living in Australia almost a 30-hour plane trip a way, coming to an event wasn’t really a reality I could fulfil. But she also offered sewing kits! But alas as a student shipping costs to Australia put me off… Could I make my own!? Yes, but I wanted the guidance of the pack and the support of contributing to something bigger. So I waited. Until I got the news I would be studying in the U.K. for six months! 

     

    Cushion & Cake shop & workshop venue owner: Pamela Clocherty. All images by Laura Polson

    Cushion & Cake shop & workshop venue owner: Pamela Clocherty. All images by Laura Polson

     

    My first package that arrived at my new accommodation was ‘the mini protest banner kit’ with a little book of craftivism to. I’d fulfilled one part of becoming a craftivist, but I had wanted to be a part of it something to interact with other and really understand my contribution. When I found out there was a craftivist collective event in Glasgow, only two hours from my university. I had to go and this is what I found:

     

    Cushion & Cake workshop room - spot Sarah Corbett setting up! All images by Laura Polson

    Cushion & Cake workshop room – spot Sarah Corbett setting up! All images by Laura Polson

     

    Materials

    • A cute venue: ‘Cushion & Cake’ owned by the gracious Pauline 
    • Organic, fair trade AND home made ginger nuts teamed with the choice of apple or Scottish breakfast tea courteous of Pauline. 
    • The very founder of the Craftivist Collective – Sarah Corbett. 
    • 11 lovely ladies ranging from England, Scotland, Spain and Australia. 
    • Fabric Footprint packs. Filled with everything needed to craft your own special project.  

     

    Craftivist Suitcase full of materials for the workshop. There was an extra small suitcase for the craftivism footprint kits. All images by Laura Polson

    Craftivist Suitcase full of materials for the workshop. There was an extra small suitcase for the craftivism footprint kits. All images by Laura Polson

     

    What to Do

    • Arrive at the adorable venue Cushion & Cake. Feel instantly welcomed by the attendees and the homely interior. Choosing your own antique teacup is very important (Note: one’s with “bling” may be popular). Use this ‘tea cup’ tool to appreciate the tea, along with the delectable biscuits. 
    • Introduce yourself: Have a laugh. Have a cry. Whatever you need to do to share your activism story or your interest in building one. 
    • Listen to the inspiring Sarah Corbett as she gives an introduction to the craftivist collective and details of her own craftivist journey.
    • Be introduced to tonight’s project – fabric footprints, where you will be creating a piece for yourself. Here, think about your journey as a global citizen what quote or thought would courage you to keep on the right path?
    • Choose a fabric footprint or shoe print. Be encouraged to take time with your quote. Google may also become a handy tool. 
    • If ready start stitching your quote or thought. Don’t rush enjoy the process of “Slow Activism”. Advice from Sarah is to “Don’t worry about mistakes – imperfections will only make your handiwork more personal and endearing.” 
    • Leave with a new bundle of crafty connections, a promising craftivist piece and a newfound skill in your activism tool kit.  

     

    Sarah asked Pamela for ethical tea & biscuits for the craftivits. We arrived to loose left fairtrade tea (English Breakfast & herbal tea) and homemade ginger biscuits = delicious! All images by Laura Polson

    Sarah asked Pamela for ethical tea & biscuits for the craftivits. We arrived to loose left fairtrade tea (English Breakfast & herbal tea) and homemade ginger biscuits = delicious! All images by Laura Polson

     

    Own personal experience:

     

    So there it is. I’d attended and actually been a part of my first craftivist collective event and as you can probably tell from my musings I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. 

     

    Personally I came away of the event with a new found understanding of how I view myself and my contributions to the wider good. It was a perfect reflective time where I asked myself what is in my own personal tool kit? What skills do I find special in myself that have allowed me to advocate and create awareness around things I care about? But equally important I asked myself what do I need to hear or see to keep me pushing on? 

     

    This last question was talked about amongst the group, as admittedly there are times in an activist’s life where you are overwhelmed and become tempted to give up. Allowing ourselves to share stories and difficulties in this safe and accepting environment it was a release but also a reminder to push on and once completed to keep our footprints close as a reminder we are on the right path.

     

    *Story’s structure has been adopted from Sarah Corbett’s A Little Book of Craftivism. 

     

    Craftivist Collective shop area for participants to have a look at. Most people bought a book for themselves or a friend plus badges, kits, gift cards or postcards. A great way to spread the message, learn more and support the Craftivist Collective to survive. All images by Laura Polson

    Craftivist Collective shop area for participants to have a look at. Most people bought a book for themselves or a friend plus badges, kits, gift cards or postcards. A great way to spread the message, learn more and support the Craftivist Collective to survive. All images by Laura Polson

     

    Photos and story by @laura_polson

    If you would like to write a blog for us about an event, your experience of joining our craftivism projects or something else please do email us.

  3. Crocheted masks ‘deface’ Manchester statues and mark extraordinary women’s achievements

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    We love hearing about and spotlighting creative activism on our blog to inspire us as well as teach us how to be strategic and effective in creative activism. Manchester-based Craftivist and Blogger Helen Le Caplain told us about Warp & Weft’s exhibition below & rose to the challenge when we asked her to blog about it for this blog. It was also so cool to see that in Warp & Wept’s blog ‘2013- our craftivism & campaigning highlights‘ they showcased our #imapiece Jigsaw project exhibited in Manchester and wrote that in 2013 “The wonderful Little Book of Craftivism was published”. We think your work is wonderful too ladies and here is why… 

    Blog by Craftivist & Blogger Helen Le Caplain of www.mancunianvintage.comIf you would like to write a blog for our website please do email us. 

    Crochet, once the preserve of grannies and seen draped around the shoulders of 1970’s hippies with a penchant for ponchos, is now being used to celebrate Mancunian women’s achievements.

     

    one mask in situ in Manchester Town Hall. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com

    one mask in situ in Manchester Town Hall. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com

      

    Nestled in the corridors of Manchester Town Hall is the Stature project, which sees the wooly likeness of a variety of extraordinary women superimposed over male municipal statues. Household names including suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst and novelist Elizabeth Gaskell have been immortalised in cotton along with 101-year-old politician, mathematician and gay rights advocate Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw.

    Social justice campaigner Esther Roper, anti-racism campaigner Louise da-Cocodia MBE, scientist Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker, repertory theatre pioneer Annie Horniman and swimmer Ethel ‘Sunny’ Lowry, also join the masked line-up. There are 640 listed statues throughout the UK and just 15% are of women – of these most represent monarchs or mythological characters throughout history.  

     

    A mask taking shape. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com

    A mask taking shape. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com

     

    In an attempt to smash this gender inequality arts, crafts and heritage initiative Warp & Weft devised the installation to highlight women’s achievements. Exhibition curator Jenny White and crochet queen Helen Davies devised the installation over the course of a year taking into consideration who should be included and where they would put the woolly masks when they were ready.

    Jenny explained that it was the different number of campaigns that were taking place in the UK over the last 12 months that really motivated her. She said: “It started last spring and I was really inspired by all of the activism going on. 

    “It was great to see women on bank notes and the No More Page 3 Campaign and banning lad mags from the supermarket as this is how we are represented in the public realm.”

    Warp & Weft. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com

    Warp & Weft. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com

    The pair hunted across the city for a suitable site and as they looked inside the neo-gothic Town Hall, spotted the imposing line-up of male statues lining the corridors realizing they had found the perfect venue. Jenny added: “We had already talked about statues and found it made sense to hold it there as they’re not exposed to the elements and the weather. We chatted to people at the Town Hall and had to wait on the councillors’ permission which we got.”

    The eight women in the exhibition were selected from a diverse range of backgrounds to make sure that achievements across different fields were recognised. The 39-year-old said: “We chose diverse representation not just people from one field but people who have had success in different backgrounds – from posh to working class.

    “It’s been really interesting making connections with people. Louise da-Cocodia only just passed away a few years ago and her legacy still lives on here in Manchester. People have been really excited about her mask, especially people from the housing association she worked with. Equally the Royal Northern College were excited to hear about us celebrating Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw as she helped set them up.”

     

    Exhibition Poster. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com/

    Exhibition Poster. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com/

     

    The exhibition has garnered interest from both people working in the town hall and other visitors who have seen the masks and read up about each woman and their contribution to society. The multi-coloured masks not only add a welcome splash of colour to the austere-looking corridors but also gives an insight into each women’s success. Such is the popularity of the exhibition it has been extended by three weeks and will run until the end of March.

    Ethel ‘Sunny’ Lowry ate a mammoth 40 eggs a week to ensure she had enough energy for her swims and that, along with her ‘Sunny’ nickname inspired Helen to use a lot of yellow in her mask. Dr Kathleen Drew-Baker’s pioneering work helped save the Japanese sushi industry due to her seaweed research, and in recognition of this the colours in her mask are predominantly green.

     

    Putting up the masks. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com/

    Putting up the masks. All images by http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com/

     

    Jenny added: “It feels so exciting and a kind of release to be celebrating some amazing women. We thought of it last year and it was a long time planning, it’s so exciting that so many people are enthusiastic too.”

    For more information about the exhibition or the other work Warp & Weft do visit www.wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com

    If you would like to write a blog for our website please do email us :)  

     

  4. Join our Liverpool Workshop Sunday 27th April

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    Join this Liverpool craftivism workshop by London-based scouser Sarah.

    Buy tickets before they sell out.  

     

    Mini Protest Banner left by a community football pitch

     

    Ran by Founder of Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett you will learn the classic skill of cross stitch and hand embroidery whilst also learning how to use your talents, passions & actions to make the world a better place for people & planet. You will start creating a cross-stitched Mini Protest Banner to hang up as provocative street art. You will recieve support on what message to stitch on your banner & suggestions of where to put it. TICKETS HERE.

    Sarah sees craftivism as a form of ‘slow activism’, a reflective action which changes the participant as much as it does the world. It is passionate but polite, provocative but patient, drawing people to engage in discussion and debate rather than forcing it down people’s throat. Unlike some of the more traditional, extrovert forms of activism, craftivism is quietly beautiful, it is individual and it is effective.

     

    Mini Protest Banner in Somerset House, London for London Fashion Week September 2013

     

    The concept is to make a cross-stitched banner about an issue you care about and hang it in a relevant public space to provoke thought and discussion. By making it small and hanging it off eye level, people have a sense that they have chosen to engage with the message, rather than it being forced upon them.

     

    Craftivist Sarah Corbett will also tell you more about the benefits of her approach to craftivism (with her 7 years of experience working as a professional campaigner for for Christian Aid, Governmnet Department for International Development and most recently Oxfam) and the methods you can use. Plus it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and become craftivists together.

     

    All materials are provided including fabric, thread, needles, cable ties, a label, instructions and a kit to put them in to take home if you don’t finish the project. Plus additional Craftivist Collective products are available for purchase  after class (such as our Little Book of Craftivism and other craftivism kits). 

    • Level: Beginner
    • Teacher: Sarah Corbett
    • Course Length: 2 hours
    • Fee £15
    • Availability: 15 spaces in total (nice and intimate)

    Buy your tickets here

     
     
     
    Mini Protest Banner on homelessness hung on a park bench
  5. National Portrait Gallery- Three Day craftivism workshop: Crafted Histories

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    We are pleased to announce we are working with the National Portrait Gallery  to create a 3 day free course for 14-21 year olds to visit The Great War in Portraits and ‘No End of a Lesson’: The Boer War, 1899 – 1902 at with National Portrait Gallery to create a reflective response using craftivism techniques. 

    Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th April 11am-4pm each day.

    Work with Sarah Corbett from Craftivist Collective, to explore activism through craft. Using The Great War in Portraits and No End a Lesson: The Boer War, 1899-1902 as a starting point, make your own personal response to showcase in the Gallery on the final day of the workshop.

    You will also have the unique opportunity to visit the Heinz Library and Archive to see original documents that the Gallery has kept since the time of the First World War.
    For ages 14–21.  Booking required.  Please email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483

     

    A montage of portraits of protagonists of WW1 which is part of 'The Great War in Portaits Exhibition

    A montage of portraits of protagonists of WW1 which is part of ‘The Great War in Portaits Exhibition

     

    A soldier with facial wounds by Henry Tonk as part of The Great War exhibition in National Portrait Gallery

    A soldier with facial wounds by Henry Tonk as part of The Great War exhibition in National Portrait Gallery

     

    Self portrait by war artist Sir William Orphen as part of The Great War exhibition, National Portrait Gallery

    Self portrait by war artist Sir William Orphen as part of The Great War exhibition, National Portrait Gallery

     

     

  6. We *heart* Uppercase magazine (& not just because we are featured in it!;p)

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    Issue 20 of Uppercase magazine

    Issue 20 of Uppercase magazine

     

    There is no denying it, I’m a magazine geek & you probably already knew that from if you follow us on Instagram where I often post images of magazine pages I think you might find particularly interesting as fellow craftivists or craptivists. 

    Uppercase magazine is a magazine I came across a couple of years ago in a stationary shop and I have devoured every copy I have been able to afford since then, keep on my shelf and often flick through past issues when I have time. I value each issue I have like other people would with books they have loved reading. And I think you would like it too. Why?

    Here are 5 reasons (there are so many more but I’ve tried to limit my gushings) for making time in your busy schedule to read this publication:

     

    Issue 20 of Uppercase

    Issue 20 of Uppercase. Back page story & showcasing the stationary Janine also creates. 

     

    1. Uppercase is a quarterly magazine edited, designed and published by the one-woman powerhouse Janine Vangool out of her studio in Canada. The strapline is “a magazine for the creative and curious” and it’s clear that Janine puts her heart, soul and hard work into each issue. Each issue reminds us of what one woman can achieve that brings beauty into the world and reminds us that this world is and can be beautiful so we should strive to use our creative passions to visualise a better world for all not just for the few. This magazine is a constant reminder that one person can achieve so much with the support and drive they need.

     

    Art & Design section. Feature on 'Type'. Issue 20 looks at the Montreal group of calligraphy street artists Garbage Beauty, the work they create, why and the response. Stunning!

    Art & Design section. Feature on ‘Type’. Issue 20 looks at the Montreal group of calligraphy street artists Garbage Beauty, the work they create, why and the response. Stunning!

     

    2. In this chaotic, fast world we live in, it’s great to have a beautifully designed physical magazine to read. It’s printed on heavy paper (I don’t know the technical terms) with a strong spine so people can me can thumb through it for years to come. It’s crisp, clean lines and minimal design makes it easy to read and means you focus on all of the inspiring and interesting content without distractions. Some might say that the design of the magazine is overly feminine but it’s not twee & I hope lots of men read this magazine as well as women.

     

    Regular page in the back of the magazine is interviews with 3 subscribers.

    Regular page in the back of the magazine is interviews with 3 subscribers to meet your fellow readers.

     

    3. Uppercase features topics that will stimulate our creative side (& everyone is creative!): interviews with artists, case studies on creative companies, business features full of practical advice for freelancers, ‘Places/Spaces’ gives readers the chance to snoop around artist’s studios, history of things such as typewriters, games and in this isssue 20: radios.

     

    Indepth interview with the inspiring Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and other books

    Indepth interview with the inspiring Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and other books. It’s a great interview!

     

    4. No large sponsors or advertisers so your full attention goes to reading the in-depth interviews, articles and stunning images without ever worrying you might be reading an advertorial without knowing. You know that each piece is written with honesty, sincerity and out of love.

     

    A series of Manifesto Posters on their trend section

    A series of Manifesto Posters on their trend section. I luuuuuuv these posters and want to rip them all out to plaster over my bedroom door!:) We should totally make one for our manifesto at the Craftivist Collective don’t you think? 

     

    5. our A Little Book of Craftivism is featured in this issue (20)! I didn’t want our feature being the main reason I blog about this stunning magazine. I’ve wanted to share my love for it with you for ages but as you know, I’m not great at making time to blog or write (especially as an unconfident writer!). But isn’t it great that Janine thought our book fitted into her magazine and her readers would be interested in our book. She has printed my introduction to the book and framed it with our images and her design touches. She has also given us a discount code for our friends and family (that’s you!!!). The code ‘contributor20′ is good for $10 off a subscription or renewal.

     

    Look how pretty this double page spread looks to showcase our A Little Book of Craftivism!

    Look how pretty this double page spread looks to showcase our A Little Book of Craftivism!

     

    So, are you tempted to find a copy to read? What do you think of the look of it? Please do comment below x

  7. FREE craftivism V&A workshop: Where do we belong?

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    Mini Protest Mask on the statue of Eleanor Rigby, Liverpool. Image by www.markloudon.com

    Mini Protest Mask on the statue of Eleanor Rigby, Liverpool. Image by www.markloudon.com

     

    Join us: at our free drop-in workshop at the famous V&A Sunday 11th May 11am-4pm. We will be in the Art Studio, Sackler Centre,Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL.

    We also need 10 Volunteers: to help from 11am-4pm. We will provide a free lunch & future ticket to V&A exhibition. Please email craftivist.collective@gmail.com if you are interested (basic embroidery back-stitch experience is needed). 

    Craftivism activity:

    The world feels much more of a global village in today’s culturally diverse society.

    In the lead up to Refugee Week, this craftivism workshop will give space to reflect upon how we perceive and portray our own identity and the identity of others. Whilst hand stitching your own luggage tag to keep, hang off your bag or leave somewhere as provocative street art, you can meditate on and discuss what it would feel like to be a refugee and what personal baggage we put on others.

    Led Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective

    Supported by Coats Crafts who provide all of the craft resources needed. 

     

    If you cannot attend this event, don’t forget that you can still get involved 0n  your own or in a group using our craftivism kits, blogging about your activities for this website, commenting and sharing what we do. We are a small social enterprise relying on your support to continue to exist to support you. 

  8. Mini Protest Banner workshop, North West London. Come!:)

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    Join our Mini Protest Banner workshop 6:30pm-8:30pm on Tueday 29th April at Handmade By You craft studio inside the famous Alfie’s Market: Room A, Alfies Antique Market 13-25 Church Street London NW8 8DT. 

    Tickets are £18 and there are only 15 tickets so snap one up quickly here!:) 

     

    Join us at the independent Handmade By You studeio, North London

    Join us at the independent Handmade By You studeio, North London

     

    Mini Protest Banner near Waterloo

    Mini Protest Banner near Waterloo

     

    Ran by Founder of Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett you will learn the classic skill of cross stitch and hand embroidery whilst also learning how to use your talents, passions & actions to make the world a better place for people & planet. You will start creating a cross-stitched Mini Protest Banner to hang up as provocative street art. You will recieve support on what message to stitch on your banner & suggestions of where to put it.

    Sarah sees craftivism as a form of ‘slow activism’, a reflective action which changes the participant as much as it does the world. It is passionate but polite, provocative but patient, drawing people to engage in discussion and debate rather than forcing it down people’s throat. Unlike some of the more traditional, extrovert forms of activism, craftivism is quietly beautiful, it is individual and it is effective.

    The concept is to make a cross-stitched banner about an issue you care about and hang it in a relevant public space to provoke thought and discussion. By making it small and hanging it off eye level, people have a sense that they have chosen to engage with the message, rather than it being forced upon them

     

    inside the cosy Handmade By You studio

    inside the cosy Handmade By You studio

     

     Craftivist Sarah will also tell you more about the benefits of her approach to craftivism (with her 7 years of experience working as a professional campaigner for for Christian Aid, Governmnet Department for International Development and most recently Oxfam) and the methods you can use. Plus it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and become craftivists together.

    All materials are provided including fabric, thread, needles, cable ties, a label, instructions and a kit to put them in to take home if you don’t finish the project.Plus it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and share your thoughts and ideas. Fairtrade biscuits will be provided with a cup of tea (of course- we can’t craft without tea!)

    Additional Craftivist Collective products are available for purchase in the Handmade By You shop after class (such as our Little Book of Craftivism and other Craftivism kits).

    • Level: Beginner Teacher: Sarah Corbett
    • Course Length: 2 hours Fee £18
    • What to bring: All materials are provided in a handy kit to take home (if you don’t finish the project on the night
    • Availability: 15 spaces in total (nice and intimate)

    If you cannot attend you can still take part by buying a Mini Protest Banner kit in our shop here :) 

     

  9. Join this Forest Hill craftivism talk & workshop and become a Craftivist in South London!

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    Join this Forest Hill craftivism talk & workshop and become a Craftivist in South London!

    Available to all over 18 years old of any craft ability(ages 12+ welcome with an accompanying adult)

    Join us at the lovely independent business in Forest Hill: Stag & Bow (8 Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3XU) for our workshop on Thursday 3rd April, 6:30pm-9:30pm for an intimate discussion & workshop for 10 people. Buy tickets before they sell out by calling Stag & Bow on 0208 291 4992 or go into the shop in person :)

    It’s £38 which includes all resources needed, a free craftivism kit and tea & biscuits (of course!).

     

    The beautiful Stag & Bow shop in Forest Hill, London. Come join us in this independent shop for an intimate workshop for 10 people :)

    The beautiful Stag & Bow shop in Forest Hill, London. Come join us in this independent shop for an intimate workshop for 10 people :)

     

    More info on Craftivist Footprint project:

    We often reflection on the years ahead of us don’t we. We are connected to others and we have impact as a global citizen (daunting thought!). It’s easy to let life pass us by so why not craft yourself a physical footprint to help you remember how to be your best self & what hopes you have for leaving a positive mark on this world using your unique passions, talents & actions?

     

    Completed Craftivist Footprint and Shoe-print you can make at the workshop

    Completed Craftivist Footprint and Shoe-print you can make at the workshop

    Craft helps us slow down & reflect. A piece of craft can also be a useful physical symbol to keep yourself motivated to be the change you wish to see in the world.

     

    Ran by Founder of Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett you will learn the classic skill of embroidery whilst also learning how to be a change-maker & strive to be your best self, using your talents, passions & actions to make the world a better place for people & planet. You will create a fabric footprint for you to keep and you will recieve support on what message to stitch on your footprint & suggestions of where to put it.

    Sarah will also tell you more about the benefits of her approach to craftivism and the methods you can use. Based in London as one of the leading spokespeople in the contemporary craftivism movement, this is your chance to ask her lots of questions! Plus it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and become craftivists together

     

    Inside the cosy Stag & Bow independent shop in Forest Hill. A lovely environment to craft and discuss craftivism don't you think?

    Inside the cosy Stag & Bow independent shop in Forest Hill. A lovely environment to craft and discuss craftivism don’t you think?

     

    All materials are provided including footprint, thread, needles, pens, instructions and a kit to put them in to take home if you don’t finish the project. Plus additional Craftivist Collective products are available for purchase after class (such as Sarah’s A Little Book of Craftivism and other craftivism kits).

    • Level: Beginner
    • Teacher: Sarah Corbett
    • Course Length: 3 hours
    • Fee £38 (including your craftivism kit to take home!)
    • Availability: 10 spaces in total (nice and intimate)

    Fairtrade biscuits will be provided with a cup of tea (of course- we can’t craft without tea!)

    PS: BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE BEFORE IT SELLS OUT

    Craftivist Collective is a social enterprise that relies on your support. If you enjoyed this post, please share with others, comment & visit our shop  and share your crafter-thought with us:)

  10. Edinburgh ‘Brown bag lunch’ with Craftivist Sarah C at Gather Festival

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    Gather Festival lunchtime talk

    Gather Festival lunchtime talk

     

     

    Join our Founder Sarah Corbett in Edinburgh, Scotland for her lunchtime talk on Monday 17th March 1:15pm to 2pm at the super cool venue: Teviot Underground (Teviot Row Union, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ) as part of Gather Festival, Edinburgh. Sarah will be leading a discussion on using creativity and crafts to make a difference and will bring examples and Craftivist Collective products to see & sell in her Craftivism suitcase. She doesn’t get a chance to go to Scotland as often as she would like so now is your time time grill her! :)

     

     

    Gather is a brand new festival celebrating culture and community on campus at the University of Edinburgh

     

    Craftivist Collective Founder Sarah Corbett

    Craftivist Collective Founder Sarah Corbett

     

    If you can’t make this event, check out if there are any near you on our Events Page & don’t forget that you can always set up your own stitch-in event for friends or the public using our products and services

  • @NorthWestNosh: #craftivism encourages craftsters to engage with activism in our own quiet way. Sometimes the quieter the revolution, the louder it is heard.

  • @PrickYourfinga: At tonight’s #craftivist stitch-in we talked about what it must be like to be a politician, and how to activate change in our busy lives.

  • @Rin Simpson: My small act of craftivism will, hopefully, go some small way towards changing the world. But more importantly, it has changed me.

  • @storyofmum: I love the project – it’s really inspiring&creative & has really got me excited about activism again in a way I haven’t been since my teens!

  • @tomofholland: @Craftivists shows, inspires and facilitates craftsters to unite their individual creative powers to raise awareness of social issues.