Author: Craftivist Collective

16 Apr A new Scottish craftivist shows why voting is so important

Sarah Corbett: I love being the one who gets to check our Craftivist Collective email account because i get to be the one who reads all the lovely emails of encourage and praise we get and i get to reply to all the cool people who want to work with us, include us in their zines, events, etc. During the election period one of our craftivists Rosa created cross stitch patterns encouraging people to vote. The London group made some during our April meeting and we encouraged others do to so remotely. One of those lovely people not at the meeting is Sadie from Scotland. Sadie emailed me her beautiful craftivist creation and a little bit of blurb on it to add to our blog here. So please read her thoughts and check out her lovely blog.   Hi :-) My name is Sadie and I live in a small village in the south-west of Scotland. I am a novice craftivist. I stitched this at the weekend and now have it hanging in my window for passersby to see. Here's why I did it.
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11 Apr We are in the introduction to the re-release of The Subversive Stitch!

The Subversive Stitch is the seminal book on embroidery and feminism. The book was first released in 1984, so it has been updated for this release. An introduction sets the scene, explaining how the world of Embroidery has changed since the release, and most importantly- its current state. And in that introduction you will find us mentioned! It's a privilege to be in a book alongside Mr X Stitch and Tracey Emin.
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25 Mar Join us at Sketchbook Pop Up shop

Date of Pop Up Shop duration: 13th March- 19th April. Venue: 10 Newburgh Street,  Carnaby, W1F 7RN. You can buy our Mini Protest Banner kits and postcards in the shop. Date of Craftivist Collective presentation: on the history of the Craftivist Collective. Monday 5th April 2pm, downstairs (free) all welcome RSVP here Date of Craftivist Collective workshop: Thursday 9th April 3pm (free) open to all. Making Mini Protest Banners on the themes of unethical fashion and sweatshops. Sketchbook magazine focuses on fashion, arts and illustration. Members of Sketchbook set up a pop up shop for 3 weeks in a beatiful shop space 10 Newburgh Street off Carnaby Street London. In the space Sketchbook members drew on the walls, had film booths of short art films surrounded by artwork painted onto the walls.
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21 Mar Review of ‘Quilts 1770-2010’ at the V&A

Rosa Martyn writes: The Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington is craftivism's closest ally. A huge building filled to the brim with all different crafts from all across the ages, it rejoices in handmade. It was very fitting then, for the V&A to celebrate the art of quilt making across the centuries - and at its heart, not stated- but definitely present: craftivism.
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20 Mar April project and meet up: Encourage people to Vote!

Date: Thursday 16th April 6:30pm-8pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall cafe, London. All welcome (please bring a donation of £3 to cover costs) Or do this project from home. The England General Elections are coming up and so we thought that we should have our April Meeting project to link with encouraging people to vote. We are lucky in the UK that we have the right and saftey in place to vote, most of us are not intimidated or bullied into voting a certain way and our votes are not rigged like in my countries in the developing world. Craftivist Rosa created the patterns. There are 4 more that can be found here
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18 Mar Our first exhibition!

Sarah Corbett writes: The lovely curators at Ink-d Gallery in Brighton invited us to be part of their exhibition with the help of a nudge from the incredible craftivist Carrie Reichardt who specialises in mosaics and ceramics. 5 of our mini protest banners are hung in the gallery underneath 5 framed prints of photographs of the mini protest banners in a public space that links to the issue discussed.
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28 Feb International Womens Day 2010

Come and join us to celebrate International Womens Day 2010, fundraise for women in Haiti, and support other craftivists this Saturday 6th March 7pm -1am All are welcome to join the Craftivist Collective at an event run by Art of the Dog Saturday 6th March 2010 7pm - 1am at the beautiful Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue, EC1 (near Angel tube, bus 19, 341, 38) to celebrate International Womens Day and raise some funds for woman in Haiti and Asylum seekers in Britain through music, art, craftivism and fun! :)
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15 Feb Alternative Valentine’s cards 2009

Sarah Corbett writes: One hundred cards were left around Central London on Valentine’s Day 2009. Each contained an alternative Valentine’s letter, a handmade gift and a sweet. 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! I did this project in Liverpool 2008. These are valentine’s cards with a difference: the letter is written from a person from a developing country asking for people to show some ‘real love’ for the unforgotten poorest people in the world. The card includes either a keyring or a badge in the shape of a Loveheart sweet saying ‘Real Love’ and an actual sweet.
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