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Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09
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Fabric Of Resistance MSF 09

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Fabric of Resistance presentation given to the 2009 Melbourne Social Forum by Rayna Fahey from the Craft Cartel. http://craftcartel.com http://radicalcrossstitch.com …

Fabric of Resistance presentation given to the 2009 Melbourne Social Forum by Rayna Fahey from the Craft Cartel. http://craftcartel.com http://radicalcrossstitch.com

Presentation covers historical and contemporary examples of radical craft activism as well as contemporary craft ethical issues.

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  • 1. The Fabric of Resistance Political craft history and contemporary craft ethics Rayna Fahey
  • 2. We live, dance, sleep, work, craft and play on Aboriginal Land
  • 3. Industrial revolution • Mass shift from handmade cottage industries to machine based manufacturing • End to mutual-aid based subsistence communities • Concept of work moved out of homes and farms and into centralised factories • Mass unemployment in fabric and textile based craft industries
  • 4. Luddites • Direct action movement • Started with lace and hosiery workers near Nottingham • First attacks in 1811 • “Machine breaking” made a capital crime in 1812 • 17 men executed under this law • Countless men transported to Australia • Agriculture workers followed lead • Rural riots lead to foundation of the Trade Union movement
  • 5. Banners • Began in the Trade Unions in Britain in the 1840s • Used iconography to portray lives of workers, historical influences and visions for the future • Use spread to many different political movements • Use of banners continues to this day in diverse forms
  • 6. Flags • Most effective form of creative resistance • Used to symbolise united visions and goals • Usually handmade by women active in movement
  • 7. Bulgarian Uprising Flag Sewed by Rayna Knyaginya for the April Uprising in Bulgaria 1876 Text reads ‘Freedom or Death’
  • 8. Eureka Flag • Created in 1854 in Ballarat • Sewed by Anastasia Withers, Anne Duke and Anastasia Hayes • Flag continues to inspire and unite working people today
  • 9. African Slavery Harriet Powers
  • 10. Suffrage Movement • First major political movement to use crafts as a form of subversive communication • Major utilisation of clothing, banners, painting, ceramics, knitting and other fabric crafts as communication medium • Suffrage Atelier - group within Suffrage movement dedicated to producing visual material • Produced at least 15o banners
  • 11. A Militant Movement • The British Suffragettes served over a century of collective time in prison • Tactics included: • throwing bricks through windows • marbles under police horses hooves • defacing portraits in parliament • burning mansions and churches • Some died for the cause
  • 12. Signature handkerchief sewn by Suffragette Janie Terrano in Holloway Prison, 1912
  • 13. Chilean Arpillera •Pinochet regime - numbers of ‘disappeared’ numbered in the hundreds of thousands. •Smuggled out to the international press.
  • 14. Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp • Home of controversial military base that housed nuclear warheads • Greenham Common Women’s Peace camp was the longest peace camp in history 1981-2000 • Creative resistance was the main form of activism • NVDA, fence art, poetry and song, banners and costumes
  • 15. Global Solidarity Quilt Project • Quilts contributed from many countries • Attached to the fence as creative presence from women all over
  • 16. Woven Woolen Webs • Challenged the oppressive existence of the security fences
  • 17. Craftivism “…based on the idea that activism + craft = craftivism. That each time you participate in crafting you are making a difference, whether it's fighting against useless materialism or making items for charity or something betwixt and between. It's about the not-so-radical notion that activists can be crafters, and crafters can be activists.” From www.craftivism.com
  • 18. Lisa Anne Auerbach
  • 19. Lisa Anne Auerbach lisaanneauerbach.com
  • 20. Lisa Anne Auerbach lisaanneauerbach.com
  • 21. Cat Mazza
  • 22. Stitch for the Senate stitchforthesenate.us
  • 23. Sara Rahbar Iranian-born fabric artist Uses flags to make statements about American-Islamic relations and nationhood myspace.com/ sararahbar
  • 24. Melbourne Revolutionary Craft Circle
  • 25. Sorry Fence
  • 26. QRacks in the Land
  • 27. Fabric of Resistance Wiki • Community based collaborative archive project • Compiling historical and contemporary craft action, activists and theory • radicalcrossstitch.com/wiki
  • 28. Facing the Future The Craft Movement is part of a long struggle for social and political change. In this time of increasing political and environmental volatility, crafters should embrace our revolutionary past and use our creative skills to make and inspire change. Direct action and solidarity action through craft will save our planet and all the communities that live on it.
  • 29. Last year in UK less than 8% of all donated clothes actually ended up being resold in charity shops. A part are recycled as industry wipe cloths and others shipped as charitable aid to the third world countries. Some 7% are not even worth being recycled or further donated, so they end up in landfills. And this is just the clothes people bother to donate to charity. In the UK three out of four unwanted clothes a thrown straight to the bin with out the chance of being reused.
  • 30. Textile Production - Bangladesh
  • 31. Sustainable Options •Buy second hand •Make your own clothes •Buy good quality, sustainable fabrics •Recycle your waste fabric
  • 32. love and rage radicalcrossstitch.com

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