Author: Craftivist Collective

01 Feb Embroidered vaginas

On Thursday 21st January 2010 the Craftivist Collective had their monthly meeting in the London Southbank Royal Festival Hall cafe 6:30pm onwards. This time we joined forces with the beautiful, talented and passionate activists the Shoreditch Sisters (who are a Womens Institute group) to get as many people as possible to create beautiful vaginas to make people aware of the issue of Female Genital Cutting, 'designer vaginas' and the stigma and disgust people have for our natural organs.
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07 Nov Peace doves not swallows

Ahhh, the joys of Shrink Plastic:) I made these dove badges. I see quite a few people with swallow tattoos on their chests or hoodies with them on and I really like the placement of them. However, I am not quite sure of the meaning behind the swallows. I think it relates back to the Navy. Lots of tattoos and alternative images such as swallows in this placement seem to refer to violence (army, navy, guns, daggers etc) so i wanted to turn that on its head and to doves instead. Doves represent peace and the colour of white makes me think of innocence and purity too. I get asked sometimes why i have doves and its a great opportunity to talk about peace and actively searching for it (hence the green leaf in their mouths that link to the biblical story of Noah's Ark).
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07 Nov Sheffield Docfest 2009: shmoozing with film-makers and backers!

 The Craftivist Collective were invited to Sheffield (UK) Doc/Fest 2009 because this year it included lots of documentary films that call for social and political change and demand action (e.g. the films: Guilty Pleasures, The Cove, Rough Aunties, A Time Comes and more). As well as showing many films, a lot of what Doc/Fest is about is finding distributors and funders for film projects (features and shorts) so there is a lot of networking 'sessions' that happen around Sheffield for this reason. Doc/Fest decided to do a 'Stitch and Pitch' networking session and thought we would be perfect for this. We made bespoke Mini Protest Banner Kits with slogans that linked to some of the political films and asked people to make these banners and hang them around Sheffield to encourage people to think about such issues as corruption, slave labour, human rights issues, environmental damage and animal rights.
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