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“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.