06 Oct our ‘A Little Book of Craftivism’ has been born!:)
I’m proud to present the new creation joining our Craftivist Collective shop:
You can now buy the book wherever you are in the world from lots of shops on and offline or you can order it in from your local independent book shop. The ISBN to reference is ISBN: 978-1-908714-07-7 and it’s a bargain RRP of £5.95. Our distributer is Thames & Hudson so please do encourage shops to order the book in from their catalogue or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order copies. Alternatively you can buy the book directly from us in our Etsy Shop for £5 (you save 95p!) and you can have it signed, wrapped and with our own ribbon around it if you like too.
It really is a little book of 16 x 12cm, 64 pages of photographs of projects, top tips on what to make and how to be an effective craftivist, some instructions for some of the projects as well as an introduction from me and even a double page of tweets from people (your tweet might be in there!). There is a list of our crowdfunders in the back too so you can see if you recognise any craftSTARS (such as Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching!)
We had a private launch party on Wednesday 2nd October at Hub Westminster, London for all of our crowd-funders & people who have supported myself (Sarah C) and the collective over the last 4 years. There we just over 130 people! My parents even came down from Liverpool to join the celebration.
It was a really lovely night where crowdfunders could pick up their ‘perks’ they had paid for through our Indiegogo campaign, our Craftivists and our Craptivists hung out and got to know each other better. We had a little Craftivism shop where people could be a book (signed if they wanted) & our other products to help support and sustain the work of the Craftivist Collective (we are not a charity so sales are vital).
We had 3 big white boards together with Comic artist Miriam Kendrick who draw a big splash on the boards and encouraged everyone in the room to write in each drop how they could “help make a big splash with this little book”.
We had a little speech by the wonderful Editor Ziggy, Hub Westminster who co-hosted the event & I did a little speech too.
People brought homemade cakes to share (well, we are a crafty collective!), we had a photographer on hand taking lots of photos to capture the night. You can see more photos of the event here. And we had a filmmaker filming the night too. The short 3minute film will be posted up here in a few days so keen an eye out for that.
I could write for ever about how surreal it is to have a little book out and how lovely the event was but really I just want to say 3 things.
- Thanks so much for everyone who has helped us create this little book: from the photographers, the craftivists in the photo to the Editor, crowdfunders and supporters who have helped this collective grow over the last 4 years from being a hobby of mine to being a global social enterprise.
- Please help us make a big splash with this little book: Please tweet, pinterest, instagram, blog etc about this book with #alittlebookofcraftivsm and share with any contacts such as other craft bloggers or media types. We have hi res images you can download directly from our Flickr album here. We would love it to be in many shops around the world where people wouldn’t expect to find justice issues being addressed, where people pick it up, flick through it and give it to a friend to start a conversation and maybe inspire their own projects or to join our projects.
- Please buy our book or more for others too – even if you are not a craft -lover we still think you will like it and it will no doubt provoke some thought on how we can all be our best self and be the change you wish to see in the world. Surely that’s a good thing right?
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