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CRAFTIVISM

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Craftivism is a method of activism that uses methods of making - embroidery, sewing, and other craft forms - to create movements for social justice.

Writer and knitter Betsy Greer coined the term in 2023, and sees it as: 

"a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper and your quest for justice more infinite"

 "I think that making things as an alternative to consumerism, making things as a form of counterculture protest, is valid"
― Betsy Greer, Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism

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Craftivism has a long and proud history. In the UK, suffragettes produced embroidered banners, posters and postcards to amplify their cause.

In India,  

Gandhi spun cotton to inspire the country to become self-sufficient instead of being reliant on British-made textiles.

You can read more on the history of Craftivism in this article by Jennie Drummond - History Runs Deep: How to Celebrate Artivism and Craftivism

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 "Make the change you wish to see”
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summer of craftivism

In the summer of 2023, we held a series of workshops for young people on Craftivism - an exciting opportunity for young people to come together and learn how to use their creativity to make a difference in the world.

 

We explored different craft techniques and how to use them to create powerful messages that promote social justice.

 

Our expert facilitators guided attendees through the craft process, helping them to develop skills and connect with like-minded individuals.

 

We will be running similar sessions in the future, so keep an eye on this page for updates! 

Our work with young people is funded by the Paul Hamlyn and Esmée Fairbairn Foundations through the Act for Change Fund.

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