One of my plans for 2018 was to reinstate the Monday Mentions blog series that I began a couple of years ago (okay, one post is not a blog series) – I want to share with you posts about creative people or groups; people you may not have come across before or not know much about.
“The Craftivist Collective is exactly that – a collective, an inclusive group of people committed to using thoughtful, beautiful crafted works to help themselves and encourage others be the positive change they wish to see in the world.”
I stumbled across the Craftivist Collective a few weeks ago when I picked up a badge from the shop at the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield. I hadn’t heard or seen anything about the Collective before then, which surprised me – a lot of the sewing community are all crafty in other ways and on the whole pretty engaged with social causes and activism in one way or another!
Protest and activism tends to have a negative, angry image – shouting and rioting, people being arrested, taking over buildings etc, but just because you aren’t waving a banner or yelling at those who have opposing views to you doesn’t make you less engaged, or willing to engage. Craftivism is about being active, but in a smaller, more personal way:
The concept is simple – use crafts to engage with the world around you, protest, fight injustice and stand up for what you believe in. The website has a list of project suggestions but in no way is this exhaustive. There is also guidance on how you can set up your own craftivism session or group.
You can purchase a starter kit or smaller projects too – all proceeds are fed back into growing the Collective and funding bigger craftivism projects. Your own project can be big or small – a group stitch-in to promote fair wages like this group, or you could pledge to crochet your own dish cloths to reduce waste and protect the environment. My own first personal bit of craftivism is to make some re-useable shopping bags for loose fruit and veg. What will be yours?