02 Nov Spanish Craftivist in Liverpool shares her passion for justice
Maite Puntes came along to a craftivist workshop led by our Founder Sarah Corbett in Liverpool in October. Maite has recently moved to Liverpool from Spain and was keen to get to know like-minded people as well as create something to provoke people to think about injustice issues she cares about. She kindly emailed us a photograph of her completed Mini Protest Banner with an explanation of it below. If you have made a mini protest banner (you can buy our kits here) we would love to showcase it here to provoke discussion about it and so people who find it in situ can find out more information about your cause in your blog here!
Maite Puntes wrote:
“The most extreme face of male violence is the murder of women. In my country, Spain, it´s not just a social problem; in this year 2011, 52 women have been murdered by their partners or ex partners. This number hiddens the fact that thousand women are battered in many ways everyday.
Inequality and male violence are endemic in many countries and societies and governements aren´t able to stop it, neither we are.
When I knew Craftivist Colletive in the workshop delivered in The Royal Standard, in Liverpool, and their mini protest banners project, an image came to my mind: a man curious about this nice piece of cloth hanging in the supermarket exit, reading it, and thinking about how he treat his wife and women in general. The idea of saying “I know what are you doing, I watch you”, likes me.
I put the banner up in Park Road (Liverpool), in the fence you find when you go out from the big Tesco.
Is the whole action of creating the mini protest banners what I liked: thinking, craft work, the way to be alone, sewing for a reason, …I discovered that fits with my way of being and I can imagine a lot of phrases anywhere opening somebody eyes. I´m concerned about women problems and besides I believe in the ability of individual actions for changing the world, so…let´s craftivism go ahead!”