London based Craftivists held a protest stitch-in at King’s Cross railway station
At 1pm on Sunday 10th April, craftivists, joined a nationwide protest to demand a halt to rail fare increases. Currently the coalition Government plans to hike fares by 31% over the next 4 years.
Hundreds of craftivists (activists who protest using scissors, thread and fabric) converged on railway stations across the UK for a protest picnic and stitch-in.
The event at King’s Cross brought together over 20 eager craftivists, who shared our message with members of the public who wanted to find out about the unique action.
“I don’t get it, but I get it, if you know what I mean”
A passing father’s response to the stitch-in picnic at Piccadilly train station run, by the Craftivist collective on Sunday April 11th.
Rebecca Aimée Lanyon Willmott of Craftivism Manchester and Kelly Joseph of Didsbury Green Threads, stitched their political threads together to plan the Manchester Crafting a Train of Bunting project. On April 11th this event mirrored train stations across the country, wherefellow craftivists stitched, sipped tea and picnicked in peaceful protest against the proposed 31% rise in train fares over the next 4 years. The buntingpanels will be fashioned into a petition-train which will be taken on a Fair Fare Railway Adventure on Saturday 16th April.
Craftivist Collective are so excited to be working with the wonderful Climate Rush on a join project called Railway Adventure
As part of the campaign to fight for fair transport fares the craftivists...
For our joint project with Climate Rush we are creating bunting petitions in the shape of train carriages 7inches wide by 5inches deep. They can be hand embroidered, cross stitched any other crafty way you want to demand fair train fares for our society (as long its the correct size and on cotton). Here are some facts and quotes you can use or to help you inspire you to create you're own. Instructions video, exmples and press release coming soon.
In 2007, 79% of the distance travelled by the average individual in the UK was done by car while only 7% was travelled by over ground rail.
Only 55% of people in the UK have travelled by train in the past year.
Between 1997 and 2008, the cost of travelling by train rose by 46%, while the cost of travelling by car rose by 26%
Newcastle craftivist Hannah Rose reviews their valentines craftivism here: Newcastle heard rumour of a plan to hijack Valentines Day and had to be involved!
Excited to carry on the Crafitivist collective's inspiring project we started screen printing paper, making posters and going out get more people involved. We organised a drop in session with The Star and Shadow's Canny little Library (http://cannylittlelibrary.wordpress.com/) in combination with their letter writing day.
Leeds ActiveARTS is a new group founded by young artist and campaigner, Lana Johnson. We are proud to know that their first workshop they did was to deliver our Valentines project. They held their Alternative Valentine's Day workshop at REMADE in Leeds Hyde Park, at 6.00PM on MONDAY 31ST JANUARY. at dusk on Monday 14th February the delivered them across Leeds!
The workshop was held at a cool little vintage shop in Hyde Park, Leeds called Remade. We are very pleased to report that it was a huge success! ActiveARTS group members and friends gathered around to chat, eat cookies and create shrink wrap key rings for our 'Alternative Valentine's Day' cards. Everybody created a love heart with a personalised message reminding you to spread the love.
The love heart keyrings we made will be placed inside alternative Valentine's Day cards to be left out for the public, all over Leeds this Valentine's Day. Instead of the usual stigma associated with Valentine's Day, we want to show and spread neighbourly and global love!
By Craftivist Sarah Corbett
Anyone who knows me knows that I would love this website to be like Miranda July's site Learning to Love you More. This amazing multi-talented artist, actress, film director and author creates assignments each month on this website to encourage people to show they care for each other and show the beautiful side of all life (one assignment says take a photograph of underneath your bed- the results of what people have sent in are lovely).
Craftivist Justine crafted this beautiful Mini Protest Banner and hung it outside Wandsworth Prison. Here she writes why she made her Mini Protest Banner and why she chose that specific location as the resting place for her creation:
It is a protest about the injustice of poverty, and especially the massive and widening gap between the minority rich and the rest of us. It refers to the African concept of Ubuntu which we do not have a single word translation for in the English language (interestingly!) but which means something like 'we are human only together'.