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Craftivism Against Cuts

17 Feb

I AM SO SAD. I bought a new kitchen knife yesterday and managed to slice nicely through my knuckle just getting it out of the packet! It’s all bandaged up now but still, I can’t do all the fun things I wanted to this week, like sewing, playing my new ukelele (!), and riding my bike. Sob.

So, since I can’t sew, I thought I’d make myself feel productive by showing you what I have been sewing over this week – mini protest hearts against the cuts!

Warning: the slogans on these are very much tongue-in-cheek but could be seen as offensive! So if you like your crafts cuddly, proceed with caution…

I would never put slogans like this on a placard, but I thought the pretty colours and floral fabrics made a nice juxtaposition that meant I could get away with it!

This is the back of the “no cuts” heart. Geddit?

I’m really pleased with them. I can’t decide whether to put them in my shop, or hang them around Brighton for people to see! What do you think?

hanna ♥

p.s. woot woot to the forest news!

Kris Atomic

23 Nov

I just discovered Brighton-based illustrator, photographer and all-round artist Kris Atomic and I am experiencing a total love-in! I will feature her illustrations soon, but it was these crafty cross stitches that caught my eye today. I need to learn to cross stitch, I’d love to make some stuff like this.

Girl Swoon #2

24 Aug

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

Website: www.craftivist-collective.com (we have a blogFacebookFlickrYouTubeTwitter too)

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!

2) Does being a woman affect your work in any way?

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.