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Craftspace Collective: BBC Stargazing Live, 2013, a set on Flickr.
The Craftspace Collective ran a workshop at Birmingham University as part of the BBC Stargazing event. Paper cut artist Maeve Clancey and collective members helped people think about ‘what would your space trip look like?’ and make papercuts from their drawings.
“A Spoonfull of Craft Helps the Activism Go Down”
For the second in this series of posts on the who’s who in craftivism, I will be focusing on the Craftivist Collective.
The Craftivist Collective was founded in 2009 by Sarah Corbett, after having spent the previous year as “A Lonely Craftivist” and discovering so many people wanting to join her.
Their manifesto is “To expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art. This will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions.”
Although Sarah is based in London there are Collective members across the globe, including Canada, USA, Europe and Australia.
Sarah has initiated many thought-provoking projects for individuals to get involved in including “Mini Protest Banners”, one of her most popular initiatives where she encourages people to create beautifully cross-stitched banners no bigger than a few inches. These are mounted in public spaces, then details and photos are posted on the craftivist collective website. Check out the photos on her flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftivist-collective/sets/72157622330141591/. “Cross-stitched Masks” are a variation on the protest banner theme where activists are encouraged to attach them to shop mannequins of unethical fashion retailers. A personal favourite is the “Don’t Blow It” campaign. Choose a nice vintage handkerchief, embroider an appropriate slogan to remind your MP of their constitutional duty and give it to them, ensuring they are aware that you made it and you live in their constituency. Simple, direct and original. Brilliant.
The Craftivist Collective’s latest project, #Imapiece is in support of Save The Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign. The project is encouraging as many people as possible to embroider a slogan onto three jigsaw pieces. One to join a giant collective artwork, the second to be sent to your MP to raise awareness of the campaign in the run up to the UK hosting the 2013 G8 summit and the third to be kept as a reminder to remain part of the solution. Everything you need to get involved is available to download from their webiste.
There is so much more on their website http://craftivist-collective.com/project-archive/, videos, projects, ideas, gallery. It really is the one stop craftivist shop.
Time to Change, Young People’s Village, Cathedral Square, Colmore Row, Birmingham – 26 October 2012
The Craftspace Collective are going to be at the Time to Change event in Birmingham next week.
The Time to Change Village is a pop-up space where young people can learn the truth about mental health in a fun and interactive way. Young volunteers challenge stereotypes of mental illness by talking to other young people about their experiences of mental health problems. Collective members, with the aid of Viking Husquvarna Sewing Machines will be running a machine embroidery stand. They will be sharing their skills in this simple technique with other young people while asking them to respond to the question “How Do You Feel Today?”. The individuals will embroider their responses onto one long length of canvas, creating a continuous line of stitched drawings. This will also be part of the collective’s offer for this year’s Big Draw. Come along and see us!
Time to Change info here: http://www.facebook.com/timetochange and here http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/birminghamvillage
In the process of researching stats of twitter coverage for the funding report I discovered @DillyTante retweeting about Sam Wilsons Crochet Bombed Bench via @knithacker in NY. on further investigation of her blog it turns out she is a guerrilla yarnbomber in Cheltenham, just down the road from Brum! Please do check out her post about a night out knitting the town hall all sorts of colours.