Published on April 7th, 2009 | by Julie Finn6
This is Craftivism! Some Examples of the Practice
We’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:
- They’re created by craftivists.
- A Lonely Craftivist blogs from London about her work that is often centered on social justic or fair trade issues. Among other projects, she puts tiny little protest banners on park benches and decorates cupcakes with fair trade slogans.
- Knitters made the news when they knitted 100 helmet liners to give to senators to pass on to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as a statement that they support the soldiers, but not the war.
- Offering images that are definitely heavy on the art, Conceptual Metalsmithing offers a socio-historical model of craftivism, in which an individual engages in creating culturally rich experiences, primarily through altruistic contribution.
- Etsy seller Radical Rags creates works in her shop to benefit victims of the Australian bushfires, and works that are eco-activist, such as alternative energy needlepoints and eco-goth stitch patterns.
- Handmade for Life blogs about her works and the works of others who support issues like autism awareness using handmade jewelry and who oppose abortion using embellished onesies.
Do you know of an example of a craftivist work? Post a link in the comments section!