Craftivism

Published on April 7th, 2009 | by Julie Finn

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This is Craftivism! Some Examples of the Practice

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CHOICE pinback buttonsWe’ve recently been debating the definition of craftivism here on Crafting a Green World.

While that particular debate is carried on, it’s also worth looking at some of the works of those who practice craftivism. These are works that are created across the globe and for all imaginable political/environmental/social/moral stances.

In fact, all of them really only have one thing in common:

Do you know of an example of a craftivist work? Post a link in the comments section!



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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



  • http://radicalcrossstitch.com Kakariki

    Hiya

    We’ve built a wiki to archive all the awesome craft activism out there http://radicalcrossstitch.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page tere’s heaps of stuff in there and it’s constantly growing. We’re always looking for people to add stuff, and it’s a wiki so anyone can DiY!
    xox

  • http://sew-and-so.blogspot.com Becky

    After following the debate in the previous post, I have to say that I really appreciate that you showed examples from crafters on both sides of the issues. Particularly putting in an example from a pro-life group, after seeing how the definition that was being used for craftivism in the other post seemed to indicate more of a liberal stance on such things. Bravo on a well-rounded post!

  • http://www.craftivism.com betsy

    Yep, I appreciate this post as well. Thanks for putting both sides up. :)

    Am in the beginning stages, but am putting together photos of craftivism over here: documenting.craftivism.com and would love to have both sides of the political aisle!

  • http://www.craftknife.blogspot.com Julie Finn

    Aw, thanks! Especially if we consider ourselves craftivists, I think it can be really inspiring to see the work that other craftivists are doing in a variety of topics, on all sides of an issue.

    It’s one of my plans at some point to do a study of examples of craftivism, and an analysis of these physical works–how a craftivist uses a particular material or skill set on a particular medium to create a particular message, etc.

    It would also be interesting to do a study of other, applicable forms–activism, fine art, outsider art, political messaging, advertising–and how they could be incorporated into craftivism to better affect the message.

  • http://bagsforzaza.blogspot.com Jennie C.
  • http://www.carriereichardt.co.uk carrie reichardt

    I consider myself to be a craftivist, and have been engaged in making ceramics and mosaics that have a social and political message.
    Please go to my website and have a look.

    The revolution will be ceramicised…you got to fight for your right to be arty!!!!!

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