Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism

Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism

by Betsy Greer

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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551525358
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
Publication date: 04/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Betsy Greer: Betsy Greer is a writer, a maker, and a researcher, and the author of Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change Stitch by Stitch. She runs the blog and believes that creativity and positive activism can not only save the soul, but also the world.

Table of Contents

Featured artists:
Becky Striepe, Atlanta, GA
Vegan crafter and freelance writer.

Faythe Levine, Milwaukee, WI
Documentary maker, set-designer, illustrator, artist, writer, photographer, curator, and events organizer.

Heather Strycharz, New Haven, CT
Designer, teacher and researcher who loves to experiment with crafts.

Inga Hamilton, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Installation artist who applies traditional craft techniques mainly in ceramics and textiles to raw and unusual materials to create large, site-specific artworks.

Jamie Chalmers, Milton Keynes, UK
Male embroiderer who dabbles in other types of stitchery.

JP Flintoff, London, UK
A journalist who knows how to sew everything.

Kim Werker, Vancouver, Canada
A knitter, crocheter and sewer who is mad about making ugly things.

Lauren O'Farrell, London, UK
Street crafter, yarnstormer, and writer.

Leanne Prain, Vancouver, Canada
Author and graphic designer who also loves to embroider and knit.

LJ Roberts, Brooklyn, NY
A writer who bridges craft and queer theory and an artist who creates large-scale site-specific knitted installations.

Mila Burcikova, Oxford, UK
Cultural theorist, author, and designer dressmaker.

Otto von Busch, Sweden
Fashion artist, theorist, designer, crafter, and DIY demagogue.

Sayraphim Lothian, Melbourne, Australia
A public artist who focuses on temporary works of public craft, including sewn soft sculpture, knitted and crocheted pieces, as well as resin and found object tiny sculpture.

Susan Beal, Portland, OR
A multi-talented crafter who especially likes to sew, quilt, and embroider.

Tarlen Handayani, Bandung, Indonesia
Book maker, knitter, DIY center organizer.

Carrie Reichardt, London, UK
A renegade potter and anarchic ceramicist.

Catherine West, London, UK
Founded and runs Significant Seams, which provides sewing and quilting based workshops and programs for community building and therapy.

Craft Cartel (Rayna Fahey/Casey Jenkins), Melbourne, Australia
Rayna Fahey likes to cross stitch provocative and thoughtful statements on any canvas she can: new, recycled, fabric or fence.
Casey Jenkins is a feminist artist, craftivist and rabble rouser.

Gabriel Craig, Detroit, MI
A metalsmith, writer, and craft activist.

Maria Molteni, Allston, MA
Multimedia artist, crafting participatory soft sculpture from hand-sewn inflatable shelters to knit/crocheted basketball nets; she is also a member of the New Craft Artists in Action Collective.

Sarah Corbett, London, UK
Cross stitcher and hand-embroiderer who also writes, lectures, delivers projects and workshops and loves being a full-time craftivist.

Rachael Matthews, London, UK
A knitter, stitcher, and inventor of magical fibre-related things.

Varvara Guljajeva (Estonia) / Mar Canet (Liverpool, UK)
Together, this artist duo has an art practice that aims to bridge craft (in our case knitting) with digital fabrication.
Varvara Guljajeva is an artist working in the field of art and technology.
Mar Canet is an artist and researcher who likes to write software exploring new ways of playfulness and expression, and is inspired by the digital age.

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