Last year I stumbled across the Craftivist Collective (http://craftivist-collective.com) and their campaign with Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org) to wipe out childhood poverty and hunger. The idea was to make a stitched jigsaw piece using a template provided by Craftivist Collective on to which you had stitched a message for the members of the G8 summit in Edinburgh in July to persuade them to make more effort to wipe out child poverty and hunger. More on this campaign #imapiece can be found on the Craftivist Collective website. My own humble effort can be seen below…
There is an air of optimism and hope as we resolve to attempt new ways to challenge and change old habits and patterns.
More recently I followed up on this campaign by joining in with another Craftivist initiative, this time partnered with War on Want (www.waronwant.org) to stitch a mini protest banner for display in a public place to highlight the “Love fashion, Hate Sweatshops” campaign. I chose to buy a mini banner kit from the Etsy shop and got busy stitching my message. Once it was finished I had to decide on where was the best place to display it. I eventually decided on leaving it in Gunwharf Quays Factory Retail Outlet shopping centre in Portsmouth, and I even managed to find some railings opposite Gap (one of the worst offenders for using sweatshop labour). Here is my effort…
“Respect the Women who make your clothes”
During the summer I was reading a blog post by Craftivist Collective about an e-book called “The Armchair Activist’s Handbook” by Ruth Stokes. (http://craftivist-collective.com/all/read-about-us-in-ruth-stokes-ebook-the-armchair-activists-handbook) I found this so interesting I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle and read it that afternoon. Ruth Stokes is a woman I can identify with. She cares about wider issues, both locally and globally but is not really a marcher or shouty protester. The book examines reasons for wanting to make a stand or a difference and illustrates this with the things she has done to make a difference. It’s a great book and I have taken her lead and done some of the same things she has – if everyone made small changes then bigger changes will happen. This is Armchair Activism in action!
Now the Craftivist Collective have published their own book – “A Little Book of Craftivism“. This delightful pocket sized book talks about the different ways we can all make a difference, in a non-aggressive and more engaging way – without being shouty or violent. Sarah and the rest of the Collective make sense to me, there is always an alternative way to make your point and Craftivism fit the bill perfectly.
“A Little Book of Craftivism” (#alittlebookofcraftivism)is available from the Craftivist Collective website Etsy shop it’s an engaging and interesting little book, if you care about ‘stuff’ it’s worth a look.