Christmas social and summary of 2010 achievement/highlights

01 Dec Christmas social and summary of 2010 achievement/highlights

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Not the most exciting post for people who aren’t in London but I’m going to flag it up anyway. We have decided to have a Christmas social evening inside of December meeting with a project to deliver. We are all so tired working hard on our Bed-In project ready for our session in Liverpool 1st December we decided that a nice cup of tea or mulled wine and a natter would be the nicest thing to do to end the year.

Above bunting is made by Rayna Fahey from Radical Cross Stitch.

Date: Thursday 9th December 6:30pm-8pm ish. Venue: Candid Cafe, behind Angel tube station.

Also it’s a perfect excuse for us to thank each other for being part of this collective trying to leave a positive impact on the world whist fighting for a just world.  Barley from Fabrications independant craft shop has provided free gifts to give out to any craftivist who attends as a thank you for all the work we have achieved this year 2010.

Some of our achievements and highlights of 2010:

  • Finally meeting Betsy Greer who coined the term ‘craftivism’ and who we have been in virtual contact with since the beginning. Having tea and cake with her talking about the future of craftivism, getting advice and updates on what she is doing was worth the 3 year wait
  • Photoshoot and feature for swanky members magazine Soho House which is delivered directly to the homes of over 23000 Soho House members as well as being available to people to who visit the Houses all over the world (London, Berlin, LA, NYC…)
  • An email from the one and only Rob Da Bank saying how much he likes our work :)
  • Having 6 nights of sitting on stage cheap generic online pharmacy with comedienne Josie Long at Soho Theatre in October on her Be Honourable sold out tour making patches for our Bed-In project whilst giggling to her jokes and being inspired by her political stories.
  • Being reinvited to Sheffield Docfest in 2010 and then being invited to their 2011 festival to do more ‘Stitch and Pitch’ workshops
  • Putting up a Mini Protest Banner outside Fox News in New York without being caught by the many police and security guards
  • Meeting a lovely mature fan (60+ man called Paul) who has been looking for Sarah for 3 years after he stole one of her Mini Protest Banners from Hoxton Square when she was ‘A Lonely Craftivist’. They are now penpals and meet up to go to galleries.
  • Being part of an exhibition for the first time at the established Brighton Gallery Ink-d: we sold the majority of our work. 
  • Having well known people we hugely respect praise us, support us and follow us on Twitter (without us asking, hinting or being strategic) such as Josie Long, Yoko Ono, Phillippa Perry, Chantelle Fiddy and Jon Ronson to name a few
  • Recieving patches in the post from all over the world for our Bed-In project such as Canada, America, Germany, Scotland and the UK.

I could go on but I won’t. I will just end with the most important part of this message which is to say THANK YOU to all the craftivists and supporters all over the world who have crafted our craftivism projects, helped promote our messages on and off line and who continue to  encourage us to carry on with this little collective so that our voice for a just world for our global neighbours will be even louder in 2011!

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