#imapiece says Craftivist Laura Butterworth & her MP Meg Hillier

01 Apr #imapiece says Craftivist Laura Butterworth & her MP Meg Hillier

Craftivist Laura Butterworth (right of the photo) from London tells us what it was like handing over handmade Craftivist Jigsaw pieces made by her & her fellow local craftivists to their MP Meg Hillier (second from left) and having a chat about how they can all be a piece of the solution to world hunger & child malnutrition: 

group shot with meg mpOur craft group started as an excuse to drink wine and hang out, but we have had had many significant achievements; Lucy knitted her first scarf, Anja made beautiful monochrome slippers, Kris taught us all how to crochet and we contributed to ending world hunger.

As caring, social justice seeking, change-the world-types the #impiece campaign was right up our alley.  We all really got into making the jigsaw pieces, chatting about the slogans we chose and talking about what a world free of hunger and injustice would look like.  It was a perfect project for craft night as the Jigsaw pieces were so quick and easy to finish.

IMG_1993None of us had ever met our MP, if I’m honest I didn’t even know who it was! But we decided we really wanted to share our passion for the #imapiece campaign with the person responsible for representing us in Parliament.  So having worked out who that person was (!), we sent an email to Meg Hiller requesting a meeting to give her the jigsaw pieces we had made for her.

We heard straight back from Meg and booked in a time to meet up with her.  One morning before work, Sarah Lucy and I went along to the Hackney Town Hall Jigsaw pieces in hand ready to met with our MP and urge her to support the campaign.

I’ll admit I was a bit nervous, I was worried I wouldn’t know what to say or that Meg might ask us a question I didn’t have the answer too or point out how amateur our stitching was! But it was a great meeting, Meg loved the jigsaw pieces and it turns out she’s an avid crafter her self.  We chatted about our respective craft projects Meg told us how she’s been teaching her daughter how to knit.  She was super down to earth and having craft in common made it easy to chat and relate to each other.

laura and friend meg mP meeting

Meg Hillier said: “It’s inspiring legitimate online pharmacy in usa that a group of young Hackney residents care enough to get together to use their skills as a showcase for an important campaign such as Race Against Hunger

We talked how living in Hackney connected us to people globally, as our friends, family and neighbours come form all corners of the Globe.  We discussed why we loved living in multi-cultural community, the vibrant celebrations, the variety of food, the availability of beautiful fabrics and the constant connect to the rest of the world.  Living in Hackney means we can not ignore global problems, a hungry child anywhere effects us all; our neighbours, our friends and our families.  

“Even in an area of deprivation like Hackney we know there are bigger challenges around the world, it’s important that we don’t just remember this but that we press our leaders to act against hunger globally” said Meg.

Meg agreed to write to David Cameron asking him to ensure that at the G8 Summit this year the voice of our community is heard and leaders commit to ending world hunger.  Meg agreed to write the letter and to keep us informed of David Cameron’s response

The meeting gave us such a buzz!  We felt a real sense of accomplishment.  Meg seemed to enjoy the meeting too, I’m guessing talking about craft and community vibrancy is a good part of her job.   Since then Meg has kept us informed about her correspondence with David Cameron.  We all felt that engaging in political processes in a personal way is a really empowering.  Turns out our craft nights are not just a good excuse for drinking wine they also tackle global injustice!

meg mp and 2 others

If this blog inspires you to make a jigsaw piece for your MP to encourage them to keep the pressure on David Cameron during his G8 Presidency throughout 2013 then go for it! 🙂 Support Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger here. All instructions can be downloaded on our #imapiece website and if you need any help feel free to email Craftivist DOT collective AT gmail DOT com and we will try and help how we can. Alternatively you could make your MP one of our Don’t Blow It handkerchiefs. We would love to hear how you got on and have you guest blog like Laura has done here. Keep crafting!:)x 

  • Rob Elliott
    Posted at 14:49h, 01 April Reply

    nice one,… some of you folks may be interested in this: http://www.speak.org.uk . a few years ago we made the biggest dress in the world out of pieces of material which were seny from all over. it is now a marquee used at festivals and other places as a venue for helping folks learn about social and global justice / injustice :).

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