Praise for my new book ‘How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest’

07 Sep Praise for my new book ‘How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest’

Praise for our new book ‘How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest’ out Thursday 5th October. 


Pre-order your copy (wrapped, ribboned and signed optional) here


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I can totally understand that many people, when they hear of craftivism, think that is sounds fun and novel but might doubt that craft can actually be a powerful tool for positive and long-term change against systems and structures harming our planet and people in it. Craftivism is like any other activism technique – it can be done well or badly, strategically or rushed, with care or carelessly. I wrote this book to show how I’ve honed my craft in craftivism over nearly 10 years(!) using my ‘gentle protest’ approach and offer principles, practical examples and encouragement for people to have a go where craftivism is needed. I asked highly intelligent and respected people from academic, the charity sector, arts sector, journalists and even a politician to read my book and tell me what they really thought. I’m really keen that this book isn’t just read by people who like craft but anyone who wants to be the change they wish to see in the world will want to learn about my ‘gentle protest’ approach to activism, find the book interesting, see some transferable skills they can use in other contexts and see that you don’t have to love craft to do craftivism. Craftivism should be seen as one of the many tools in the activism toolkit and be chosen if and when it is the best tool for a particular situation in a campaign. I’ll stop rambling now and let you read our reviews so far!:)


“I love what Sarah does! It’s quiet activism for everyone including introverts.”

Jon Ronson, journalist and author


Sarah Corbett mixes an A grade mind with astonishing creativity and emotional awareness. In this book she examines and reframes activism in a way that makes for genuinely spirited, inclusive and effective intervention. Environmental and social justice campaigning typically favours the extrovert and those who self-identify (often rather loudly) as ‘leaders’. I think Sarah’s book changes that in a super intelligent, engaging way. More power to her!”

Lucy Siegle, The Observer 


Craft is often thought of as domestic, belonging to a private world. Corbett brings it into the public sphere and shows us its transformational potential. Craftivism isn’t a gimmick. From politicians to CEOs, Corbett’s campaigns have changed the hardest of hearts and minds. This book doesn’t tell you what to care about, it shows you a different way to care. Here is an irresistible invitation to a kinder, more beautiful world, where the gentle are heroes and thoughtful creativity reigns”

Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director, Unicef UK 


“Sarah Corbett’s book is inspiring and challenging at the same time. Her message is to free people from the chains of consumerism and equip them to enter the house of activism. We are not mere consumers – we are makers, we are artists and we are citizens. Sarah Corbett reminds us that through crafts and creativity, through arts and imagination, we can build a new world and create a sustainable future for all.”

Satish Kumar, Founder of Schumacher College and Editor Emeritus, Resurgence and Ecologist


“Sarah’s approach to craftivism makes us more imaginative, rebuilds our attention spans, enables conversation, recovers dexterity, connects us to our ancestors, makes us smile, enables us to feel change is possible. We owe Sarah Corbett a deep debt of gratitude for showing us how it’s done. A vital piece of the world-changer’s jigsaw.”

Rob Hopkins Founder of the Transition movement 


At a time when activism is no longer seen as a fringe activity, and more and more people are seeking ways to speak out, Sarah Corbett’s methods of Craftivism are especially relevant. Sarah proves that the effectiveness of a message doesn’t have to rely solely on loud volume and displays of power. Craftivism’s strength comes through unwavering kindness and gentleness when spoken in the unexpected, but familiar, language of craft.

Jenny Hart, Founder of Sublime Stitching 


“In a troubling and troubled world,  Sarah Corbett’s ‘How to be a Craftivist’ makes the case for a gentle and humane form of activism with force and feeling.”

Douglas Alexander, former UK Member of Parliament & Secretary of State for International Development 2007-2010


“This is a wonderful book which will cheer your spirits and lift your soul at a time of austerity and global anxiety over peace and social injustice. How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest is strategic and significant in terms of its international reach and its intelligent summaries of how slow and mindful craftivism can be open-hearted, modest, peaceful, good-natured and loving.”

Professor Janis Jefferies, Professor of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths University.


“This wonderful book should challenge us all. The world today is full of injustice and wrongs, and it is crucially important for citizens to make their voices heard. Corbett shows us a new way to fight for a better world without resorting to violence or empty social media posts – and calls on us all to reconsider our approach to communicating and living. This is a message that deserves to be widely heard, particularly in these polarized times.”

Gillian Tett– US Managing Editor, The Financial Times and author of ‘Fools Gold’ and ‘The Silo Effect’ 


“This book is an antidote to the dire state the world is in, teaching us how to create a more beautiful, gentle, loving world with activism that matches.”

Charlie Craggs, Founder of Nails Transphobia 


“Sarah’s creative and original activism has been a huge inspiration. Totally in line both with Fashion Revolution’s ethos and my personal passions, it has been a pleasure to walk alongside her on this journey. This book is essential reading for all those who want to join the collective walk towards a more intelligent fashion consumption, which will lead to a better, safer, cleaner and more transparent fashion industry.”

Orsola de Castro, Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution


“Who wants to be a whinging, complaining ‘activist’? This book offers a better way, with creativity and a sense of collaboration to some of the most pressing issues humanity faces. Give it a read.”

Jolyon Rubinstein, actor, writer, producer and director including ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ (BBC 3). 


“This book is for every quiet soul who wants to bring positive change into the world but doesn’t feel well-suited to traditional forms of activism. Corbett shows us what is possible through the art of gentle protest, and how messages for change can be communicated through beautiful, lovingly-made craft objects. Smart, compassionate and engaging, Corbett’s book is filled with practical advice and inspirational ideas – the perfect introduction for all budding craftivists.” 

Sarah Campbell, Head of Learning Programmes, Victoria and Albert Museum


“Sarah’s gentle and powerful approach to activism is relevant more than ever in the world we are living in: why not follow Sarah’s lead with this book and help to change the world too.”

Harriet Vine, Co-Founder of Tatty Devine


We know craft can fuel almost magical results – whether as a restorative hobby, a fulfilling career or as the innovative spark to industry or technological break-through. Now, Sarah Corbett’s wonderful book shows us how craft and making can be the perfect tool for those who want to make a difference to our world in a gentle way. She combines tools with encouragement that will inspire even the most circumspect of us to find our voice and be part of creating a better world.”

Nicky Dewar, Head of Learning and Talent Development, Crafts Council


“Move over William Morris – here comes Sarah Corbett with an inspiring 21st century manifesto for transforming craft into a tool for social change. How To Be a Craftivist manages that rare feat of stitching together the personal and the political in a way that is both convincing and empowering.”

Roman Krznaric, author of ‘Carpe Diem Regained’ and ‘Empathy’


“A compelling and intimate portrait that expands our understanding of activism at a time when new forms of protest are more needed than ever.”

Micah White, Co-founder of Occupy Wall Street and author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution


“I defy you not to be both charmed and inspired by one of the most creative ‘how to’ guides you’re likely to come across, jam-packed as it is with practical advice, telling insights, and informed in every line by compassion and a refreshingly different transformational energy.”

Jonathon Porritt CBE, Founder Director, Forum for the Future


An empowering book, Sarah Corbett brilliantly elucidates ways of making a difference in our world today through the strategic use of craft, making and design as embodied and mindful approaches to activism and long-term transformation.”

Jane Pirone, Dean, School of Design Strategies Parsons School of Design


“Sarah Corbett shows us the extraordinary relationship between doing and being.”

Milton Glaser, celebrated graphic designer and creator of the I [heart] NY logo. 


“I loved this book.  First, it made me sit up and wonder why I wasn’t doing more.  Then it showed me that protest can be clever, artful, gentle, AND persuasive.  Now I’m telling everyone I know about the art of gentle protest and making it part of my positive psychology curriculum to help transform the world we live in. Sarah Corbett has shown us how to use our talents and strengths in a new way to make a difference.”

Professor Stephen Joseph, editor of Positive Psychology in Practice: Promoting Human Flourishing in work, Health, Education and Everyday Life.


Equal parts inspiration and provocation, this book is for anyone struggling with fury and frustration at the state of the world. The brilliant Sarah Corbett shows how to make a creative, articulate stand in support of all we hold dear.”

Margaret Heffernan, CEO and author of ‘Wilful Blindness’ and ‘A Bigger Prize’


“Sarah Corbett shows how the craft and gentleness of making can be united with world-changing political action. She demonstrates that small, thoughtful shifts in how we do things in our lives can lead to vital transformations. She has powerful ideas about grace, kindness, and giving gifts. This is an inspiring and brilliant book.”

David Gauntlett, Professor of Creativity and Design, Westminster University and author of ‘Making is Connecting’


“Sarah makes social protest appealing and accessible to quiet crafters, helping us to speak out about issues by using creativity and kindness.”

Tilly Walnes, Director, Tilly and the Buttons


“Sarah Corbett’s Craftivism is inspiring proof that small quiet actions can foster the transformational change we have all been hoping for.”

John Thackara, Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art and author of ‘How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today’


“How to Be a Craftivist demonstrates that with beautifully crafted design and carefully crafted activation strategies, smart ideas win over dumb ideas and justice wins over injustice. In these times of information overload, competing with beauty is not a luxury — it is a necessity if you want to engage hearts and minds and inspire action.”

Bruce Mau, designer


“A brilliant guide for anyone interested in changing the world with creativity, mindfulness and joy.”

Jean Railla Founder of and author of Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec


‘A wonderful antidote to the harsh, strident, macho political times we currently endure. What if to beat them, you don’t have to join them? Sarah Corbett has tapped into a rich vein of possibility – a kinder, gentler, and perhaps more effective form of protest.’

Dr Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser Oxfam GB


“A tremendous book, one that shows you how to communicate with people in a thoughtful and effective way.”

Jimmy McGovern, screenwriter and producer 



Pre-order your copy (wrapped, ribboned and signed optional) here and help spread the word that activism can be beautiful, kind and fair AND still be effective – maybe even more effective than other forms of activism…


  • Brigitte Kay
    Posted at 20:08h, 24 January Reply

    Hi Craftivisters

    Is the book available as e-book?I hardly buy printed books anymore.

    Many thanks

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 20:00h, 25 January Reply

      Good question Brigitte. It is available as an ebook directly from Unbound here: for £10 or from Amazon but I recommend opting for a smaller, more independent and ethical company than Amazon if you can please 🙂 I hope you enjoy my book! 🙂 Sarah x

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