Intimate Activism: how to be critical friends rather than aggressive enemies - Sarah Corbett, Craftivist Collective
Learn through successful case studies from the global Craftivist Collective of how activism (using craft) can help to change hearts, minds, business policies and laws in quiet, small and encouraging ways. Implementing neuroscience, positive psychology and the power of our five senses; learn how activism can create intimate spaces for understanding, intimate connections and intimate conversations that lead to long term real change. Intrigued? No craft skills needed, just an open mind and an open heart.
Questions to ask @craftivists
Questions to answer:
Is the message challenging injustices/unfair structures?
Is the crafting an activity that can be a tool for critical thinking?
Is it creating a relationship/connection with power-holders?
Does it engage you deeply in a social injustice issue?
Is it something you can share on and/or offline with people to provoke thought?
Is it something people can join in with / is it accessible?
Is this craftivism (craft + activism) ?
What are the strengths & weaknesses?
Activism = the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about
political or social change
Craft = an activity involving skill in making things by hand
Mini Protest Banners @craftivists
“Fly solidarity’s flag for those suffering as a result of the world’s injustices. Craft
your own banner, turn heads and influence change.
Make a cross-stitched protest banner about an issue you care about and hang it in a relevant public space to
provoke thought and discussion online and offline. Use the process to think deeply and critically about how to be
part of the change you want to see. By making your banner small and hanging it off eye level, people have a
sense that they have chosen to engage with the message with an open heart and open mind, rather than it being
forced upon them.
”Send us your sock monkeys & we’ll find them good homes. Monkey delegates are
sent to live in communities in distress to help bring smiles to folks who need them.”
Sock Monkey Project @craftivists
From 2003-2008, a diverse group of international knit and crochet hobbyists participated
in a microRevolt project called the Nike Blanket Petition, a 15-foot wide handmade
blanket of the Nike swoosh. Each 4 x 4 inch stitched square creates the Nike logo, acting
as a signature for fair labor policies for Nike garment workers. Over the five-year period,
virtual and hand-made squares were collected on tour, electronically and by post mail,
representing over 30 countries demonstrated above. Exhibited at Garanti Gallery in
Instanbul in Nov 2007 next to a Nike store. Currently touring.
Blanket petition @craftivists
Community Craftivism Project - #EndGunViolence
WHAT A SUCCESS!
You astounded me friends! The results of our #EndGunViolence craftivism project were
• 200 pieces of fiber art submitted from 10 countries and 40 states
• The opening reception of the gallery show was INSANE with hundreds of people in
• A $2,000 faculty grant from Columbia College to fund the show
• We raised OVER $5,000 to support Project F.I.R.E.
• Our free community embroidery workshop + discussion was at capacity (and provided
some much needed post-election processing)
• The Project FIRE youth sold EVERY SINGLE PIECE of their glass art AND learned how to
I can't applaud you any harder. I love you.
ABOUT PROJECT FIRE
Project F.I.R.E. (Fearless Initiative for Recovery and Empowerment) is an artist development
employment program that offers healing through glass blowing to youth injured by gun violence
in Chicago. Project F.I.R.E. combines glass arts education, mentoring and trauma
psychoeducation in order to support trauma recovery and create employment opportunities for
young people who have been shot or witnessed the homicide of a loved one.
End Gun Violence @craftivists
The Pussyhat Project website says: “is a social movement focused on raising awareness
about women's issues and advancing human rights.”
Wikipedia says; The Pussyhat Project aimed to turn the march into a 'sea of pink', creating a
striking visual statement of solidarity for women's rights in protest against the incoming Trump
administration. An estimated 4 million people took part in sister marches in over 600 cities
around the world on the same day.
Pussyhat Project™ @craftivists