Last week we met Girl Swoon #1, Sara Huws. Now hold on to your hats because today I present to you ultra cool gal Sarah Corbett, from the Craftivist Collective. We haven’t actually met yet, but have been in contact over email for months and months, and I recently wrote a review for the first ever Craftivist Collective zine – I am so excited for it to come out!
Name: Sarah Corbett
Age: Twenty Something ;p
1) What do you do and why?
My full time job is with a DFID Initiative called Platform2: I recruit 18-25 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds to volunteer in a developing country for 10 weeks to learn about development issues first hand. Then I support them when they come back to the South East of England to express their experience to their peers and community in whatever way they want (spoken word, drama, art, blogs, music, dance, zines, guerrilla marketing, anything!) and try and turn them and their friends into full time creative activists!
In my spare time I run the Craftivist Collective to encourage craftsters and people who might be nervous of activist groups to see how fun, welcoming and creative activism can be by marrying craft with activism!:) Our manifesto is: “To expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art. This will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions.”
We have a London and Manchester group so far that meet monthly to do craftivism projects as well as having craftivists all over the world as far as LA and Melbourne, Australia. I deliver presentations and workshops across the UK on craftivism, we have craftivism kits and postcards people can buy and craftivism projects online people can copy. We are currently creating the first ever UK craftivism zine and documentary film to encourage more people to be the voice of the voiceless in creative and non-threatening ways.
While I have a spare few minutes on the bus, tube or sitting in cafes my favourite thing to do is make Mini Protest Banners to cable tie to a public place with the aim of provoking people to think about development issues (and hopefully act on those thoughts). A benefit of making them in public is that I often end up having really interesting conversations with the public about the issues I am cross stitching into the banners because they have asked me what I am doing = win win!
I’ve never really thought about it. I always try and make my craftivism projects open to people of all genders, Craftivist Collective encourages men to join and I make sure I have opportunities that my Platform2 male volunteers may be more willing to do (unfair football matches to raise awareness of unfair systems).
When I read about gender inequality issues happening in the world: I feel blessed to be born in this country at this time because I am not restricted in my ambitions and choices because of my gender.
3) Are you a feminist?
I believe in equal rights for all genders (female, male, transgender)
4) What are your future plans?
My dream would be to be a full time craftivist with a great website (ours doesn’t fulfil its potential because we aren’t very techy) and craftivists all over the world crafting projects to remind people to care for and support our global neighbours in times of need and injustice.
5) Tell us one cool thing we don’t know already:
Cross stitch is a great tool for making people aware of shocking facts about injustices happening in the world but without them feeling preached at or threatened.