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Super Sunday

6 Mar

1. Yesterday I went along to 6 Billion Ways at Rich Mix in East London. Listened to a fantastic talk about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in regards to the Palestinian struggle, which I was really inspired by and found very informative, since I have to admit I didn’t know that much about it before. There were also speakers there from N. Ireland and South Africa who gave some brilliant insight – did you know that Nelson Mandela was originally the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress? And that he was described as a terrorist by Margaret Thatcher in the late 80s? Fascinating.

2. Thought this was brilliant. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess make chocolate bars out of Fight Club soap moulds. So cool.

3. Had such a yummy brunch made for me this morning by my friend Laura and her boyfriend Dave. Baked eggs, courtesy of Ottolenghi. It was delicious.

4. LOVE THIS. You have to click on it to make it flashy, because I just can’t work out how to do it in this page. Sorry, but it’s worth it. Operators Are Standing By by Jean Bevier.

5. Went to a cosy house cafe this afternoon, hosted by Sarah Corbett from Craftivist Collective. There was cake (so much cake), tea, acoustic acts and generally much fun and pleasantness to be had on a Sunday, all in aid of raising money for Oxfam and celebrating International Women’s Day. Sarah had made this beautiful banner for the occasion, it says “Become Who You Are”. I want to make one myself.

6. A tattoo of Mary Wollstonecraft! So hardcore!

7. I shared a super article by Molly Lambert last Sunday… have got a little obsessed with her. Here’s her latest, Speak Now.

hanna ♥


Super Sunday

3 Oct

1. I made another video for The Otesha Project with Josie Long and Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective. Editing it took FOREVER and it didn’t have all the bells and whistles I wanted it to, but I was still pretty pleased with the result.

2. I went to go visit my grandparents this weekend and my grandpa dug up some hilarious photos from when I was little. Here I am rocking out to a boombox (you can tell it was the 80s) looking like a little grumpy old man. I still look exactly the same.

3. I came across this photography project called Switcheroo by Sincerely Hana where she asked couples to switch outfits. Cute cute cute.

4. Loving these old-timey adverts for social media! Found on bumbumbum, lovely art and design blog.

5. London Fashion Week finished a week ago but these are my personal style swoons. The Orla Kiely show didn’t use models but cardboard cut-outs, very pretty. And this Giles Deacon dress… if I was a princess/willing to mire myself in debt… sigh.

6. This comic from Emily’s Blog made me laugh out loud because I too have had this conversation about a gajillion times. It is especially poignant since I am supposed to be making curtains today. I am not.

7. One of the first things I do when I move to a new area is find a Japanese restaurant! E-Kagen on Sydney Street in Brighton is one of the best Japanese restaurants I have ever been to in the UK, no jokes.

hanna ♥

Super Sunday

19 Sep

1. I bought this reeaaally pretty 70s dress from my new favourite shop – Wolf & Gypsy Vintage in Brighton. And it was only 25 squids, bargainous. I want somewhere nice to go now.

2. My dad is in town with work so I’ve just been to dinner with him and his colleague. I had a flick through his colleague’s guidebook to London which I found hilarious. Growing up in the UK, I’ve always been aware that I have a very “western” perspective on Japan. So I enjoyed flicking through this book and imagining how Britain would have appeared to me, had I grown up in Japan. Judging from this, marmite, teapots and smarties would have loomed large in my mind.

3. I spent yesterday afternoon filming Josie Long and Sarah from Craftivist Collective for part two of our Josie Long & Otesha meet… series. Here they are putting up a cross-stitched mini protest banner outside RBS in Liverpool St. I kind of love and dread the editing bit since I like learning new things but not when I have no idea what I’m doing.

4. I have an addiction. It’s magazines. I love them, I can’t explain it, I can’t justify it. Although I am trying to wean myself off of slebrity gossip ones so I was overjoyed (and I’m not exaggerating) to find a new magazine called Oh Comely today. It describes itself as “a magazine that inspires people to be creative, talk to their neighbours and explore new things, rather than buy stuff or lose weight.” So I can even feel virtuous while reading it.

5. One amazing blog I have discovered via Oh Comely is Missed Connections. Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn-based illustrator who reads the Missed Connections bit on NY Craigslist and makes pictures of them. She says “Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.”

6. I like Kimya Dawson. I like Peggy Sue. So this makes sense. I wish all of them would be my friends.

7. One last video that’s been doing the rounds. It’s BRILLIANT. I am definitely guilty of taking iphone pictures of “new age fun with a vintage feel”! God. Apart from that I hope I escape relatively unscathed. Although of course I’m always up for a vegan crunk night.

hanna ♥

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.