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20 Sep Teaching 100 young climate activists in Manchester how to be craftivists

We have always been big fans of UKYCC which was set up by a small group of young people passionate about climate justice and determined to get other young people to help them make a positive change whilst there is still time. They contacted us this year to deliver a workshop to 100 of their fellow young climate activists at their Manchester Conference: Powershift. Immediately we knew we wanted to get them to get involved in our Don't Blow It craftivism project and link it to their fight for climate justice. They will be in Manchester at the time of the Conservative Party Conference.
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12 Sep Come join us chilling out listening to live folk whilst stitching away with the audience

Sunday 2nd October, 2011 @ the Baby Bathhouse, 125 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, 6-9pm. All welcome :) Musician Paul McDowell has been a fan of ours for a few years and recently attended our Hayward craftivism workshop.  After the success of his gig last month, he's been invited back to do a monthly residency at the Baby Bathhouse. Yey! Plus this time he wants us to join him to teach the willing audience members some crafty activism whilst he sings his beautiful folk songs.
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12 Sep Stitching Some Love for Our Global Neighbours at the Hayward

On the 25th of August hip London gallery The Hayward was taken over – by needles, thread, and love. The Craftivist Collective’s love letter response to Tracey Emin’s retrospective show, “Love is What You Want” drew a big crowd to the Waterloo Sunset Pavilion hosted experienced craftivists and people just learning how to stitch, signing their names off to a pledge that craftivist Sarah Corbett had handcrafted as a giant letter.
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03 Sep Craftivist’s needed September & December to help Fine Cell Work make craft kits for prisoners

Volunteers needed 2pm until 5pm Saturday 24th September and/or Saturday 3rd December to attend Fine Cell Works London Office and make craft kits for prisoners. If you are available for both or either date please book your place by emailing us at craftivist-collective [at] Hotmail DOT Com. We need 10 people each session to sit around a table, chatting, drinking tea, eating biscuits whilst making craft kits.
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25 Aug Come join our ‘Don’t Blow It’ project Wednesday 31st August at Southbank, London from 6:30pm

Hey craftivistas and all :) Just a quick blog post to say please don't forget to come and join us at the Royal Festival Hall cafe on the Southbank from 6:30pm to continue our summer project Don't Blow It. The Facebook event is here. Some of us will be finishing off our hand embroidered handkerchiefs to give to our MPs whilst others will be starting them. We hope to have them finished by the time Summer Recess is over (6th September) so that we can give them to our local MPs on their first day back. As always, we will have craft resources on hand but we encourage you to bring your own hanky etc if you can. We ask for a £3 donation to cover costs and will be drinking tea, eating cake and crafting whilst talking about how we are going to encourage our MP's not to blow their chance of making a positive difference whilst they are in power. All are welcome! :)
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15 Aug Craftivists ask you to join them in stitching a giant love letter at the Hayward Gallery this August

From 7pm -9pm on Thursday 25th August the Craftivist Collective are inviting the public to join them in stitching a giant love letter at the Hayward Gallery in response to Tracey Emin's Retrospective.
Emin’s exhibition ‘Love Is What You Want’ explores the theme of love through her personal experiences of abortion, relationships, and sex, and her provocative personality and strong political views. 
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10 Aug our experience with Canal+ TV crew filming us

It felt very strange for us to be filmed whilst crafting our mini protest banners at Paper Dress Boutique in Shoreditch, London. The presenter Alexandra of the documentary programme we will be in (October/November 2011) was really lovely and asking us questions about why we do craftivism, how we started and what we hope to get out of doing our little projects. We were filmed making our banners and then putting them up around Bank Station where many Bankers work. All of the banners are addressed to bankers to urge them to support the Robin Hood Tax.
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