Author: Craftivist Collective

10 Apr Manchester Craftivist’s talking about their Stitch-In for the Train project

“I don’t get it, but I get it, if you know what I mean” A passing father’s response to the stitch-in picnic at Piccadilly train station run, by the Craftivist collective on Sunday April 11th. Rebecca Aimée Lanyon Willmott of Craftivism Manchester and Kelly Joseph of Didsbury Green Threads, stitched their political threads together to plan the Manchester Crafting a Train of Bunting project. On April 11th this event mirrored train stations across the country, wherefellow craftivists stitched, sipped tea and picnicked in peaceful protest against the proposed 31% rise in train fares over the next 4 years. The bunting panels will be fashioned into a petition-train which will be taken on a Fair Fare Railway Adventure on Saturday 16th April.
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22 Mar Join us at V&A Museum of Childhood to make train carriages for our current project

We will be joining Climate Rush Rushettes in a joint workshop encouraging people to make carriage bunting petition pieces to add to our train for our project Railway Adventures. All resources provided.
We will also be providing a mini exhibition of our past and present work so go check it out at the venue too!
Presented by Papered ParlourTime Out First Thursdays and V&A Museum of Childhood,

It’s Your Write: A Celebration of the Self-Published!

Artists, Musicians, Performers and Writers get political this April Thursday 07 April 2011, 6–9pm FREE TO ATTEND
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10 Mar Facts and Quotes for your train bunting petition: to use or inspire you

For our joint project with Climate Rush we are creating bunting petitions in the shape of train carriages 7inches wide by 5inches deep. They can be hand embroidered, cross stitched any other crafty way you want to demand fair train fares for our society (as long its the correct size and on cotton). Here are some facts and quotes you can use or to help you inspire you to create you're own. Instructions video, exmples and press release coming soon.
FACTS
In 2007, 79% of the distance travelled by the average individual in the UK was done by car while only 7% was travelled by over ground rail.  Only 55% of people in the UK have travelled by train in the past year. Between 1997 and 2008, the cost of travelling by train rose by 46%, while the cost of travelling by car rose by 26%
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26 Feb Newcastle craftivists hijack valentines day including making their own envelopes (!)

Newcastle craftivist Hannah Rose reviews their valentines craftivism here: Newcastle heard rumour of a plan to hijack Valentines Day and had to be involved! Excited to carry on the Crafitivist collective's inspiring project we started screen printing paper, making posters and going out get more people involved. We organised a drop in session with The Star and Shadow's Canny little Library (http://cannylittlelibrary.wordpress.com/) in combination with their letter writing day.
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20 Feb Leeds ActiveARTs members join us in hijacking valentines day

Leeds ActiveARTS is a new group founded by young artist and campaigner, Lana Johnson. We are proud to know that their first workshop they did was to deliver our Valentines project. They held their Alternative Valentine's Day workshop at REMADE in Leeds Hyde Park, at 6.00PM on MONDAY 31ST JANUARY. at dusk on Monday 14th February the delivered them across Leeds! The workshop was held at a cool little vintage shop in Hyde Park, Leeds called Remade. We are very pleased to report that it was a huge success! ActiveARTS group members and friends gathered around to chat, eat cookies and create shrink wrap key rings for our 'Alternative Valentine's Day' cards. Everybody created a love heart with a personalised message reminding you to spread the love. The love heart keyrings we made will be placed inside alternative Valentine's Day cards to be left out for the public, all over Leeds this Valentine's Day.  Instead of the usual stigma associated with Valentine's Day, we want to show and spread neighbourly and global love!

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19 Feb Bunting to encourage discussion on gender inequality

By Craftivist Sarah Corbett Anyone who knows me knows that I would love this website to be like Miranda July's site Learning to Love you More. This amazing multi-talented artist, actress, film director and author creates assignments each month on this website to encourage people to show they care for each other and show the beautiful side of all life (one assignment says take a photograph of underneath your bed- the results of what people have sent in are lovely).
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16 Feb Ubuntu Mini Protest Banner outside Wandsworth Prison

Craftivist Justine crafted this beautiful Mini Protest Banner and hung it outside Wandsworth Prison. Here she writes why she made her Mini Protest Banner and why she chose that specific location as the resting place for her creation: It is a protest about the injustice of poverty, and especially the massive and widening gap between the minority rich and the rest of us. It refers to the African concept of Ubuntu which we do not have a single word translation for in the English language (interestingly!) but which means something like 'we are human only together'.
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13 Feb Manchester Oxfam Student Society join us in hijacking Valentines Day 2011

Blog by Jemma O'Brien of Manchester Oxfam Society The tables were set, scissors and glue lined up nicely, ribbon and fabric cut into even chunks, felt tips and coloured pencils at the ready, tissue paper, crepe paper, heart hole punch put in the middle (not as sinister as it sounds) big cards, small cards, envelopes, come to think of it, we’d completely wiped out the craft store. Now the people, were they going to come ‘get their craft on’ as one girl said? Yes! They came, hoorah! First through the door, three wonderful boys! At first slightly bewildered at the masses of crafty goods before them, they took their seats and went for it (not quite duck to water standard, one just stared at his card in confusion for a while) and by the time they had to leave to go ‘do science’ we had several beautiful cards made with their fair hands. But what are we doing here in this small top room of Manchester University?
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