09 Sep 5 types of activism we think craftivism can be – visual minutes from Sarah’s Shambala Festival talk
You might have seen the tweets, Instagram pics or posts on our Facebook Page of me in Shambala delivering a talk to festival-goers chilling out in the warm, welcoming and whimsical tent & the response we had which was ace!
It was a super-friendly and thoughtful audience open to hearing about our approach to craftivism plus I loved the fact that they had a bunch of illustrators and artists creating ‘visual minutes‘ on boards that where then left up for the entire festival for people to see a summary of the talks they had missed. These images are totally shareable/pinnable/tweetable/instagrammable… online don’t you think?! (hint hint hehee;p)
The theme for the Emporium this year was: Make. Do. Mend. And here is a little report from Ed on how it went plus the ‘visual minutes’ of my talk (higher resolution images can be found on our Flickr album here)
“It was truly wonderful to have so many amazing and committed speakers giving so freely of their valuable time to come and share the experience and have a little adventure in utopia in that wee corner of Northamptonshire that springs into verdant and vibrant pop-up life each and every August Bank Holiday weekend…
“This was our third year of curating the Emporium and easily (in our modest view) the best so far, bringing something unique, provocative and profound to proceedings…
” Sarah inspired us to stitch and bitch with the best, urging elegant and beautiful provocations with graft that shift perceptions and behaviours, campaigning has never looked so artful”
“I think you’ll agree that is one fantastic feast of purposeful hedonistic fun, leaving all who passed through the Emporium’s portals with actionable inspiration that will lead to ripples of change both gentle and gigantic!” says Ed Gillespie, the organiser of this event. Thanks Ed!:)
What do you think? We would love to hear your comments below 🙂 x
If you couldn’t attend this event but want to find out more about the Craftivist Collective’s methodology, our book A Little Book of Craftivism is a great starting point. Buy here. We are a social enterprise so rely on your support to exist. If you like this post (we hope you do) then do share it with a friend you think might also like it (please).
NikkiPosted at 12:20h, 09 September
Love this post! Thanks for sharing these, Sarah and team. As a visual person, these are so useful to remind me and allow me to understand the key values and definitions of craftivism. I’ll use this and refer back to it (both online and in my visual memory- these drawings will stick a lot better than words!) when working on craftivist projects and messages to check and remember that I’m on the right track.
Craftivist CollectivePosted at 17:15h, 11 September
So glad you like them Nikki. I’m a visual learner too. Don’t forget that this is our approach to craftivism. Betsy Greer who coined the term has a different approach and I’m sure other craftivists do too but for us as the Craftivist Collective we believe that this is the best way to do activism using craft. Glad you agree 🙂 x