On Monday, SARAH CORBETT of CRAFTIVIST COLLECTIVE gave a talk about the advantages of blending crafts with activism. CRAFTIVIST COLLECTIVE is a group that Sarah started in London after hearing about the concept through other resources, yet she struggling to find an outlet for it here.
Sarah’s family always encouraged her to use her passions for the greater good. So when she found out that she could combine her love of crafting with her strong political beliefs in a fun environment that made a difference at the same time, she ran with it. Examples include making “ethical cupcakes” with a message sharing a shocking fact about poverty or injustice and suggestions to help fix them, or cross stitching graffiti with wool in fences around London. One of their most popular items to make and sell in kits are the mini banners. By making banners and hanging them around London, they can get their message of good will out in a non-threatening way by merely making people think about the issues instead of condemning people right off the bat.
CRAFTIVIST COLLECTIVE is a growing community that has attracted a lot of attention from press just from being out in the community. They are currently working on producing a “zine”, an independent publication that’s smaller and not quite as finished as a professionally produced magazine. So look out for all of Craftivist’s events and in our shop where they’re selling their kits. Sarah will also be holding a workshop this Thursday at 12 at the pop-up shop.
Text by ELIZABETH PASQUALE
Images by SAMANTHA RUBINSTEIN