The lovely artists at The Royal Standard have invited our Founder Sarah Corbett who is from Liverpool to deliver a Mini Protest Banner workshop in their studios on Saturday 15th October 1pm-4pm. The arts collective have been supporters of the collective and Sarah for many years and have invited members of Tate Liverpool to join in as well as local artists and residents. If you are in Liverpool around that time please do join us and look out across the city for mini protest banners cable-tied around lamposts and railings with provocative slogans and facts about injustice stitched into them.
All are welcome and it will involve a talk about the collective and craftivism and then a workshop. This is a free workshop but any donation to go with resource costs would be welcomed.
To mark London Fashion Weekend 2011, we are asking you to join us in creating handmade Mini Protest Banners aimed at exposing the ugly side of fashion. We hope to see you 2pm-3pm Saturday 24th September at the Richmix for our workshop. Using Mini Protest Banners, we hope to make people think about the side of the fashion that is often too easily dismissed by the industry in a non-threatening but challenging way during the fashionista’s calendar annual highlight.
For the past 2 years they have been tied up to lamp-posts, railings, and buildings near fashion hotspots to provoke people to care about their global neighbours on the other side of the global fashion industry. This year we want you to join us. One banner compares the £3million which supermodel Kate Moss received from Topshop from a collection with the meagre 21 pence an hour earned by workers in Mauritius who produced clothes for the range. Another banner contracts the lowest paid for the week's models, £125 an hour, with the paltry £25 a month for most Vietnamese garment workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! :)
Check out one of our craftivists sneaking around Bank Station in London where many bankers work putting up her Mini Protest Banners. Each banner was there to encourage bankers to support the Robin Hood Tax and campaign for it to be put in place in the UK.