Author: Craftivist Collective

03 Sep Craftivist’s needed September & December to help Fine Cell Work make craft kits for prisoners

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.
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25 Aug Come join our ‘Don’t Blow It’ project Wednesday 31st August at Southbank, London from 6:30pm

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! :)
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15 Aug Craftivists ask you to join them in stitching a giant love letter at the Hayward Gallery this August

From 7pm -9pm on Thursday 25th August the Craftivist Collective are inviting the public to join them in stitching a giant love letter at the Hayward Gallery in response to Tracey Emin's Retrospective.
Emin’s exhibition ‘Love Is What You Want’ explores the theme of love through her personal experiences of abortion, relationships, and sex, and her provocative personality and strong political views. 
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10 Aug our experience with Canal+ TV crew filming us

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.
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07 Aug Introducing somewhereto_

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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29 Jul another amazing piece of artivism by craftivist Carrie Reichardt

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/26965269 w=400&h=215] 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.
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18 Jul How Chilean women utilised traditional hand craft to open the worlds eyes to Pinochet’s brutal regime.

By craftivist and writer Hannah Bullivant I first saw images of Arpilleras (or pretty wall hangings as I referred to them then) online years ago and I immediately warmed to the colours, the charming handmade style and the simple childlike imagery. That’s it. That’s was about as far as it got. Separately, I learned about the Pinochet regime in school, but I didn’t connect the regime with the Arpilleras until much later and it wasn’t until after that that I became aware of the incredible bravery and determination of the women who used Arpilleras to resist Pinochet’s dictatorship and raise international awareness of the systematic human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chilean Junta. An amazing and harrowing chapter of the craftivist story. Life in our Poor Neighborhood. “This was created as a result of a workshop run by a nun, Sister Carolina.  Created towards the end of the dictatorship, it portrays life in the community— both the good and bad parts. The scene is happier than those created in the midst of the dictatorship.  Though the people are still poor and unable to afford their own electricity (note the wires tapping into the main power line), they are happier, celebrating all the comings and goings of life”
A brief history lesson for those of us who might appreciate a refresher; General Pinochet came to power in Chile after forcibly overthrowing the socialist President Allende in 1973. He governed until 1990 in what became a bloody, abusive and dictatorial rule of terror.
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