On the 25th of August hip London gallery The Hayward was taken over – by needles, thread, and love. The Craftivist Collective’s love letter response to Tracey Emin’s retrospective show, “Love is What You Want” drew a big crowd to the Waterloo Sunset Pavilion hosted experienced craftivists and people just learning how to stitch, signing their names off to a pledge that craftivist Sarah Corbett had handcrafted as a giant letter.
Volunteers needed 2pm until 5pm Saturday 24th September and/or Saturday 3rd December to attend Fine Cell Works London Office and make craft kits for prisoners. If you are available for both or either date please book your place by emailing us at craftivist-collective [at] Hotmail DOT Com. We need 10 people each session to sit around a table, chatting, drinking tea, eating biscuits whilst making craft kits.
Hey craftivistas and all :)
Just a quick blog post to say please don't forget to come and join us at the Royal Festival Hall cafe on the Southbank from 6:30pm to continue our summer project Don't Blow It. The Facebook event is here. Some of us will be finishing off our hand embroidered handkerchiefs to give to our MPs whilst others will be starting them. We hope to have them finished by the time Summer Recess is over (6th September) so that we can give them to our local MPs on their first day back.
As always, we will have craft resources on hand but we encourage you to bring your own hanky etc if you can. We ask for a £3 donation to cover costs and will be drinking tea, eating cake and crafting whilst talking about how we are going to encourage our MP's not to blow their chance of making a positive difference whilst they are in power. All are welcome! :)
Check out one of our craftivists sneaking around Bank Station in London where many bankers work putting up her Mini Protest Banners. Each banner was there to encourage bankers to support the Robin Hood Tax and campaign for it to be put in place in the UK.
It felt very strange for us to be filmed whilst crafting our mini protest banners at Paper Dress Boutique in Shoreditch, London. The presenter Alexandra of the documentary programme we will be in (October/November 2011) was really lovely and asking us questions about why we do craftivism, how we started and what we hope to get out of doing our little projects. We were filmed making our banners and then putting them up around Bank Station where many Bankers work. All of the banners are addressed to bankers to urge online pharmacy biz them to support the Robin Hood Tax.
We are very picky with what we promote but when we were sent information about this new project we wanted to make sure all of our craftivists and crafty friends knew about it.
It's a nationwide project to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love, within sport, culture and the arts. If you knew any young craftivists or just super creative youngsters please let them know about this. They can find space for one of them or up to 200 of them!
Some of our younger craftivists (and some of our craftivists who still see themselves as young!) are going to apply to find a space to create some fence-stitching/cross-stitch-graffiti in large panels to then place around our local area.
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Mary Bamber: A Revolutionary Woman from Reel News on Vimeo.
Artist, ceramist, activist and craftivist Carrie Reichardt has been part of the Craftivist Collective for the past few years stitching our projects with us as well as giving us support and encouragement. We love her political artwork and this is no exception.