24 Dec #imapiece of the Week featuring @sianlilepastore
Name: Sian Lile-Pastore,
Craft of choice: Sewing, mainly quilting… although I do it quite badly. Have recently learnt to cross stitch thanks to the Craftivist Collective Mini Protest Banners!
Who are you and what do you do?
I work in St Fagans: National History Museum in Cardiff in the education department, where I mainly run art and craft workshops for children, school groups and adults. Otherwise I’m a bookish vegan crafter and love art and craft in general….books, music, movies, cats, bad TV… the usual.
How do you get into craft?
I like creating and love making things that have a ‘process’ – I have a degree in Stained Glass and an Ma in Fine Arts in which I specialised in printing. Even so, I had never really done any sewing or needlecraft until a couple of years ago when we set up a quilting group in work. Since then I have become obsessed with quilting, sewing and fabric and have discovered that the possibilities are endless!
Why did you decide to get involved in the Craftivist Jigsaw project?
Sarah Corbett came and ran a fantastic session with us in St Fagans: National History Museum to tie in with an exhibition that was showing about refugees and asylum seekers. Afterwards we decided to set up our own craftivist group (with her help!) and have a few things organised for 2013. I have made one of my jigsaw pieces already, but we will be holding a jigsaw piece making session/craftivist meet up on 2 February 2013 in St Fagans. Also, this is an important issue – no one wants to see children going hungry, so have your say!
What have you stitched on your piece and why?
I have stitched ‘No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.’ I really try my best to be kind to everyone and hope I succeed! Also, it reminds me of how any small thing you do is important – from what you say to where you buy things from.
What do you love about craftivism?
I like the community it creates – I like getting together to make things with groups of people and I like that it gives you a place to talk about political issues in a relaxed, non-threatening environment. Crafting with a group of people breaks down barriers – you can start off by talking about what you are making and then move on to why you are making it and the causes and ideas that you support.
For more info on the lovely Sian check out her website: www.sianlilemakes.blogspot.com or tweet her @sianlilepastoreor
And if you would like one of your Craftivist Jigsaw’s to be a Piece of the Week here contact us at CraftivistDOTcollectiveATgmailDOTcom And get involved! #imapiece are you?