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Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection where craft and activism meet; Craftivism the book is full of inspiration for crafters who want to create works that add to the greater good. With interviews and profiles of craftivists who are changing the world with their art, and through examples that range from community embroidery projects, stitchingCraftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection where craft and activism meet; Craftivism the book is full of inspiration for crafters who want to create works that add to the greater good. With interviews and profiles of craftivists who are changing the world with their art, and through examples that range from community embroidery projects, stitching in prisons, revolutionary ceramics, AIDS activism, yarn bombing, and crafts that facilitate personal growth, Craftivism provides imaginative examples of how crafters can be creative and altruistic at the same time.Artists profiled in the book are from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia, and their crafts include knitting, crocheting, sewing, textiles, pottery, and ceramics. There's the Brooklyn writer who creates large-scale site-specific knitted installations; the British woman who runs sewing and quilting workshops for community building and therapy; the Indonesian book maker and organizer of a DIY craft center; and the Oxford, England, cultural theorist and dress designer. A wonderful sense of optimism and possibility pervades the book: the inspiring notion that being crafty can really make the world a better place.Betsy Greer is a writer, crafter, researcher, and the author of Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social and Political Change Stitch by Stitch. She also runs the blog and believes that creativity and positive activism can save not only the soul, but also the world....

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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-15 16:46

    Using crafts to address social issues? I'm in. Personal and social transformation go hand in hand.Be the change.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-10 13:41

    This book opened me up to an entirely different view of what it means to be an activist. It also provided some very inspiring interviews and artist bios that drive the meaning of craftivism deeper. I do wish it had provided concrete ideas for how to incorporate craftivism into one's daily life rather than expecting one to use the inspiration of what has already been done from the essays in the book.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-11 17:29

    Thought-provoking, but not gonna lie, some of the thoughts were more of a punch-this-person-in-the-face variety. I'm now convinced that quilting is a superpower, however. Good stuff, very personally inspirational but also frustrating. Maybe I'm just too old for some types of shenanigans?

  • Rayna Fahey
    2018-10-04 13:39

    I'm biased, I'm in this book..In the world of craftivism, Betsy Greer is Queen. Not just because she coined the term but because her ability to craft a compelling story has brought us all together in many wonderful ways. This book showcases the creative talents worldwide who use their hands and their humour to make the world a better place.

  • Ellen
    2018-10-11 16:43

    I had not come across the term craftivism before reading this book, but I had come across the actions of craftivism, having seen many people be active in Wrap with love, and other charity knitting done in many libraries, as well as other public projects (and been involved in some myself). This book brings together a wonderful range of craftivism people and actions, some you will have heard of and others which are new. There are some lovely options, which help communities, such as the crafted baskbetball nets to replace stolen and vandalised ones, and the work of the Adithi collective who were stitching the story of Chile, but were not regarded as dangerous as they were embroidering. Their embroidery was able to tell people what was happening (because it was regarded as harmless), this subversiveness was critical for sharing information outside the country during a very tough time.Some of the stories are about individuals and their singular paths of craftivism, while others are stories of communities or groups working together.There are a many countries and styles of craftivism discussed, as well as some interesting historical examples. This book would be useful for libraries to add to their collections for local craftivists, but also for thinking about programs and services provided by the library, and for helping people connect to information to help with their craftivism. This is a key role which libraries and their staff can play.It struck me that there should be a deliberate discussion in more places (including libraries), so that people think more strategically about the craftivism, and acknowledge that it is as powerful as it is.I am now doing a lot of catch up reading about craftivism.

  • Amy
    2018-10-02 13:37

    I have feelings about this book! I've been reading it in bits because it was too overwhelming to tackle all at once -- it started so many conversations in my head that I couldn't keep my eyes on the page (e.g., what is the purpose of craft? am I a craftivist? what kind of craftivist do I want to be? what am I doing with my life? can anything I make with my hands really help another person? does the way I spend my money or my time really matter? and so on...)Craftivism is a subject close to my heart. Like a lot of the people profiled in this book, the traditional forms of activism -- marching, chanting, signing petitions -- had lost their appeal for me, and I was looking for a way to build community and create change in the world while still being introverted. I was into crafting as a kid but started taking it seriously as an extension of feminist action, riot grrrl, and anti-sweatshop activism in the 90s. I co-founded the DIY Trunk Show in 2003 from that context. I've been following Betsy Greer's work on craftivism forever (and Faythe Levine's, and a bunch of other cool ladies who came out of these scenes), and this book made me feel both that I'm doing the right things and that I'm doing nowhere near enough. The stories and projects are so fucking inspiring that I cried at least three times reading this book, and I've been kicked in the butt to start another new craftivism project of my own.

  • Barb
    2018-09-26 18:26

    Ok, I LOVE this book and anticipate purchasing it in the near future. It is so inspiring and radical and new to me ideas! Really, I am quite excited about this! There seems to always be a gap between "art" and "craft" and yet I feel like I belong in both categories. I have been torn though from craft due to a lack of function and being more decorative. I love this book for honoring what I have always known but forgot that sometimes it isn't about the end product and craft can be more than decorative. It can really, really say something.There are sections that are too far out there for me (flying cunts) but I can appreciate where the artist is coming from and their message. This is such a exciting thought process! I wonder if there are any radical crafters around me?

  • Kim
    2018-10-14 10:24

    Lightly framed by Greer's theory of craft as quiet activism, this book is a series of essays by, and interviews with, craftivists around the world. I appreciate the global focus and hearing the voices of the organizers and artists. If you are looking for an extensively articulated academic theory regarding the intersection of craft and activism, you won't find it here. For instance, there is very little material devoted to challenges or limitations of craftivist work. Neither is it a how-to guide. But it is wonderfully inspirational reading. The careful reader will recognize repeated themes and throughlines that allow ongoing contemplation of craftivism, perhaps while creating something of one's own!

  • Kimmy
    2018-10-15 16:46

    This is a great little collection of essays and interviews about and by people who have ingrained themselves in the craftivism world. I found it quite inspiring and enjoyed reading about what pushed the artists to take that leap from simple crafting to involving a political message in their work. My only real criticism would be that some of the themes and comments from the artists were a little repetitive, particularly towards the beginning of the book. Still a good introduction to the subject though.

  • Laura
    2018-10-07 10:35

    This book is small, but it is mighty. It offers essays of different craft mediums and the charitable impact they have from random acts of kindness street art to prison cross-stitch programs, both actions developing habits in viewers and participants of reflection. Many of the crafters in this book use craft as a way to address issues in society (political corruption, gender norms, mental health/illness) that are challenging to express. A clear message is sent that craft is more than aesthetics and beautiful art. Craft is rooted in purpose and function.

  • T Crockett
    2018-10-09 18:21

    As with any anthology, there are some essays that resonated with me more than others, but I really enjoyed turning each page to see what would come next. Some are in interview format and others are essays (which I preferred). I liked that the artists (and their stories) spanned the globe. In addition the types of activism ranged from getting news to the outer world about a brutal regime, to removing the shame associated with human reproductive organs.

  • Grace Peterson
    2018-09-23 15:36

    I actually felt very inspired after reading this book. Wish they would have had more specific ideas for things to do in my own community, but still loves it and feel inspired to start something.My favorite essays were:Guerrilla KindnessDaily Narratives and Enduring ImagesUgly on PurposeThe Power of UpcyclingCrafting Resistance Real Time FashionHow a Knitted Mouse Made Me a CraftivistInterview with The Crafty CartelMaking Mirrors Sewing Voices Interview with Rachel Mathews

  • Molly
    2018-09-29 16:47

    This is a great book for the crafty activism movement- interesting essays from people of all different kinds. I thought it would be more of a how-to sort of book, but it was more of a why-to book. Not bad- very powerful- but not what I was expecting.

  • Ronica (Ronnie) Lu
    2018-10-02 10:26

    Inspiring anthology of essays that explores the power of crafting and creating, ranging from personal fulfillment and developing creativity, to craft being a political mouthpiece, to craft being able to activate communities.

  • PJ Wallachia
    2018-09-30 15:37

    The most radicalizing action any one can take is that which is done for and by one's chosen initiative.

  • Theresa
    2018-09-26 17:22

    A gorgeous anthology of cool shit that people do and make to change the world. Reading it makes me want to go do all the crafts.

  • Nanaz
    2018-10-19 12:26

    Nice pictures, a bit boring. Certain essays are better than others. The essay on Chile was one of the best in the book.