25 Oct Liverpool artists and residents have been converted into craftivists
We had a great mix of people attend: artists based in Liverpool but who were mostly from across the UK, we had one artist who is from Australia, a maths teacher, two journalists, a photographer and a couple of craft-enthusiasts.
First of all Sarah Corbett delivered a 15 minute presentation in the Royal Standard’s film room on the history of craftivism and our collective (using the wonders of a Prezi presentation!) then she showed the instruction video on how to make a Mini Protest Banner.
The group then headed to the workshop room where everyone recieved their own Mini Protest Banner kit as well as extra resources and examples of banners. Once everyone was happy with what they were going to put on their banner and where at a point in their crafting where they could do it without help we decided to have a 15 minute slot where we crafted in silence to focus on what we were stitching and think about the injustice issue where wanted to get across. We had the music of Mogwai as background noisewhich seemed apt and everyone everyone kept to the 15 minute silence.
People seemed to find the silence section really helpful and all the feedback was really positive. During the session we shope about the power of craft as a way to bring communities together, an outlet for shy people who might not be comfortable talking to the public about an issue they are passionate about, we spoke about clicktivism, we discussed our worries about UK Government cuts especially healthcare and the art therapy.
Overall it was a great day and we even sold some of our postcards and kits at the end for people who wanted to give them to friends and family as Christmas and birthday presents.
If you are in Liverpool do look out across the city for mini protest banners cable-tied around lamposts and railings with provocative slogans and facts about injustice stitched into them.
All photos by Mark Loudon