10 Dec Presenting our “Tools for Changemakers” collaboration
I’m very proud to finally share this new collaboration I’ve been working on for just over a year with the inspiring Sophie Howarth (pictured below with me playing Cat’s Cradle with our thread). Sophie, the co-founder of The School of Life has just launched her own business called Department Store for the Mind, selling products that are “thought provoking and soul stretching”. It was such an honour when she asked me to be one of the first collaborators in her new company and we came up with…. “Tools for Changemakers“.
Sophie explains why she wanted to work with Craftivist Collective:
“Sarah has such a gentle yet powerful approach to activism, and life. I love that her work joins the dots between awareness, gentleness and social change. You need self compassion to do anything positive in this world. I really wanted the collaboration to tap into Sarah’s strength and supportive nature. That’s how we came up with Tools for Changemakers – little physical talismans to remind people, ever so softly, to and keep on at their goals, lovingly, relentlessly.”
Craftivists receive 15% off all orders with the code ‘mindfulcraftivist’ at Department Store for the Mind
A thread you follow £5.00
A bobbin’s worth of guidance
All of us lose our thread from time to time. This bobbin of fine quality embroidery thread is designed to help you stay true to yourself, feeling your core amid the circus of other people’s expectations and demands. As the thread unravels, the following poem appears.
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die;
and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
– William Stafford (1914-1993)
Scissors for shaping the future £10.00
Cut swiftly through red tape
Another world is possible – if we have courage, integrity and a decent pair of scissors. With these in your pocket, you’ll always have a little extra strength, perseverance and hope – to help you do what needs to be done, especially if it involved cutting through red tape. Buy here
Ten gentle nudges £10.00
Woven labels to keep your spirit strong
We’ve made these woven labels to keep your conscience sharp and your spirit strong. Sew one on your sleeve, pin one to your noticeboard, keep one in your diary, tie on to your keyring, and give one away. Let them give you a little extra strength, perseverance and hope, whatever your task.
SOLIDARITY NOT SYMPATHY
GOOD INTENTIONS ARE JUST THE START
TOUGH MIND, TENDER HEART
USE HEAD, HEART AND HANDS
LISTEN TO PEOPLE YOU DISAGREE WITH
Stitched Manifesto £20.00
A manifesto for holistic working
297 x 420mm poster. Hand finished with a red embroidery stitch by Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective.
Use your head to make good judgments.
Use your heart to lead with passion.
Use your hands to stay practical.