Come on crafters let’s make our 2013 New Year’s resolution a crafty one to make the world a better and fairer place for all :)

01 Jan Come on crafters let’s make our 2013 New Year’s resolution a crafty one to make the world a better and fairer place for all :)

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We could talk about how us craftivistas at the Craftivist Collective have achieved a hell of a lot in 2012 like…

  • Getting 3000 Secret Cinema customers in the month of November doing immerive craftivism (find out more here)
  • Being followed around for 6 months for the documentary Stitched Stories released September 2012
  • 7577832418_62793fe9e5_bCraftivists across the UK connecting with their MPs using our Don’t Blow It hanky project and/or Craftivist Jam.
  • How we were taken to Berlin in May by DaWanda to give a talk & workshop to crafty bloggers as part of a bloggers festival.
  • reaching loadsa people through big features in numerous arts and culture magazines like Huck, Oh Comely, Lost in London
  • Being told regularly in emails, tweets, facebook messages and on blogs that we have inspired crafters and others to use their passion and skill for craft to challenge structures keeping people poor, contemplate on global issues and their role as global citizens, helping them connect to like-minded communities of people and see campaigning as something that can be part of their every day life (see all those C words!?)
  • We could go on, do a little strutt  but you can just check out some blog posts instead so our heads don’t get too big.

6270676568_4d766c2659_bOf course we should make time to reflect on our successes and be proud and thankful for being part of this awesome collective but a historic moment is happening in the UK in 2013 and we can’t let that spotlight on the UK go to waste…

Come on crafters let’s make our 2013 New Year’s resolution a crafty one to make the world a better and fairer place for all 🙂

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is in the end of little consequence; the only consequence is what we do.” John Ruskin

Craftivists Jigsaw

As a fellow crafter I’m calling on you to start 2013 by continuing to use or start using what you do – craft – to help end world hunger! Imagine saying in conversations about new years resolutions… “I’m going to save lives by doing what I love.” Win win! Your craft can even inspire others to be a piece of the jigsaw to end world hunger too – win win win!

CHarlie jigsawWhy? 

* Because in a world were we know how to solve hunger we still have 2.3 million children across the world die because of hunger every year

* If world leaders invest in life saving interventions that work (like supporting small-scale farmers, teaching people about healthy eating etc) it could save 1 million lives each year

Why now? 

  • The UK and our Prime Minister David Cameron are hosting the G8 Summit in 2013 where world leaders meet to discuss international issues
  • VLUU L210  / Samsung L210Cameron, has already said that he will put hunger at the top of the agenda of world leaders – we just need to make sure he sticks to his word & commits to the UK giving more international aid (a tiny 0.7% of our GDP) and championing the small and brilliant projects across the word already tackling hunger so more projects like them can be created and sustained.
  • Our deadline for getting all the jigsaw pieces in is 28 February which gives you time to do a few minutes a week or complete a piece one evening or weekend but will go in a blink of an eye too if we aren’t careful.

How can little-old-me be a piece of the solution?

You can stitch messages onto material jigsaw pieces which will be put together to make a HUGE creative, crafty installation alternative to a petition that Save the Children will show off to our Government, the public and World Leaders showing that hundreds, even thousands of us, want, with world leaders, to be a part of the solution to hunger, not the problem. You can also give a jigsaw piece to your local MP to remind them to be a part of the solution too or at least tell them about the piece you made for the installation.

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Life is like a puzzle, it all seems a mess but when it gets finished it looks brilliant. There are some amazing small-scale successful projects happening all over the world that are tackling hunger and showing that the world doesn’t have to have malnourished children whose potential is stunted.

Hopefully us craftsters have had a good rest over the festive period and are energised to use their craft for good in 2013, and join us in this project as craftivists to show that we are all connected and our actions make a difference. There is no one solution to the problem of injustice but we can all play a part in a movement for change. The G8 coming back to the UK is too big an opportunity to miss so why not have your New Year’s Resolution to be part of eradicating hunger through your love of craft? That would be a pretty cool resolution right?!

It’s difficult to ignore a big beautiful, original piece of art that has been made by a large group of people. Especially if it’s as HUGE as it could be – if all of us stitch a few jigsaw pieces each.

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Check out some of the jigsaw pieces made by some of your fellow crafters & download our pattern and easy instructions here and get stitching! You can hold a stitch-in event and get others excited about the project, sign the Save the Children petition here, and spread the word online through Twitter, Facebook, blogs etc using the hashtag #imapiece.

Imagine your jigsaw pieces turning a bare wall into a beautiful, unforgettable piece of art that could make a difference to millions of lives. Now that would be an achievement that would start 2013 with a bang! Come on crafters! Let’s get our craft changing the world!!

“If you think you are too small to make a difference try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito” – African Proverb

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