Josie Long is not your everyday comedic superstar. In her most recent show, Be Honourable! she celebrated porridge with religious fervour, did a stellar Nye Bevan impersonation, and told a hilarious and faintly disturbing story about a deranged paparazzo.
But she also did a rare and noble thing, and introduced passionate political commentary to her act. Inspired by the election results and consequent turmoil of broken promises, cuts, and protests, Josie decided to become more politically active, and documented her progress as an activist.
Each year we try and hijack valentines day and remind people to "Show some love" for their global neighbours as well as the usual smushy stuff. We want you to join in our craftivism project this year please.
This year we hope to have people all over the globe make as many cards as they can and leave them around their area on Valentines day. In the last 2 years we have left 100 letters around Liverpool and London (see photos here). Each letter will contain an alternative valentine’s letter (see template letter here), a handmade gift that Tatty Devine are designing for us (see design here) and a love heartsweet. Hand delivered to gaps in walls, cash machine slots, shop shelves etc- You don’t have to be in a relationship to have one of these!
Here are some more photos from our day at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, hosting a bed-in as part of our And Sew To Bed project. Our day was part of a series of bed-ins at the gallery to mark the anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's original endeavour for peace.
After a group of people from Bangor got together to make patches for our Bed-In quilt project they decided that they wanted to do another craftivism project in collaboration with Craftivist Collective. And here it is...
We spent all of yesterday at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, stitching away and inviting visitors and passers-by to sit down, do some stitching of their own and talk about the cause with us. Project catch-up after the jump.
Date: Saturday 4th December 2pm-5pm. ?Venue: Fine Cell Works HQ, London Bring: Scissors if you have any. RSVP here as there are limited spaces. Facebook event here
After an inspiring presentation Fine Cell Work did for our craftivists in our August 2010 monthly meeting in their office surrounded by beautiful cushions we all felt we wanted to do more to support this incredible crafy charity. We have arranged a session at Fine Cell Work HQ where 20 Craftivists will have the chance to put kits together for prisoners to use during Christmas.
Our own Bed-In on global and local inequality issues with West Everton residents in the UK. See separate blog here for more info and to see some of the patches look here
The West Everton Community Council (WECC) and One World Week alongside The Craftivist Collective is taking part in the Liverpool Bluecoat Bed-In to celebrate John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The Bluecoat event takes part from October 6 – December 9, 2010: our Bed-In is on December 1, 2010.
During our Bed-In we want to raise awareness of global issues in our own community and amongst the people of Merseyside. We may represent a specific community but we come with our global concerns to a bed in the Bluecoat. We want to raise awareness of national and international inequality and demand change – we want to see an end to the social chasm between those who have and those who need. Ours is a peaceful protest that wishes to engage all people in crafty action: Craftivism! We will make lovely stuff and change the world by stealth and beauty.Full project details after the jump.
The Craftivist Collective launched their latest exhibition on Thursday 16th September 2010. The exhibition is installed at Paper Dress Boutique, a beautiful vintage clothes boutique, cafe and venue at 114-116 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AH.