The Craftivist movement

This week I came across the term 'craftivist' which is something I have not heard of before. It is a combination of the terms 'craft' and 'activitism' and was originally created by Sarah Corbett in 2009 who felt she didn't fit in with many activist groups but wanted to play a part in supporting various activist causes. 

The group she set up is now seen as one of the major groups in the craftivism movement with a manifesto to 'expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art...... through provocative, non-violent creative actions.' 

The group want to show people that making others aware of the injustices and poverty in the world can be fun and empowering and that anyone can do it. They use craft s a method of campaigning and engaging others with the most important part being the goal of political and social change and a fairer society for all. 

They offer talks, workshops, and exhibitions, as well as encouraging individuals and groups to deliver projects by supporting them with kits, instructions, photos and personalised support. They also sell products to provoke and encourage conversations about global injustice issues. 

One of the projects they are currently running is to create a giant jigsaw embroidery with provocative messages to support Save the Children's Race Against Hunger Campaign. The idea is that by producing a piece of the jigsaw individuals show they are part of the solution rather than part of the problem. 

To find out more information about the craftivist movement visit http://craftivist-collective.com/about/

To find out more information about the giant jigsaw embroidery project visit http://imapiece.fuse.ly/ 

To find out about a range of other craftivist projects visit http://craftivist-collective.com/project-archive/ 

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