Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism

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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 ...
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Overview


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 craftivism.com and believes that creativity and positive activism can save not only the soul, but also the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Not a book of instruction but of inspiration, Greer’s follow-up to Knitting for Good is a compelling survey of the global, little-known world of crafting as activism. She’s organized the anthology so it moves “from the personal to the political” beginning with one Australian woman’s practice of “guerrilla kindness” by leaving little handmade prop cupcakes for strangers to find. By the end of the book, readers will meet Catherine West, whose U.K.-based Significant Seams “undertakes craftivist acts on issues important to our own community” of urban London; Carrie Reichardt, who makes amazing mosaic pieces on buildings in the U.K.; L.J. Roberts’s reflections on craft and queer theory; and Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet, who work together in Spain on text-based knitting machine projects. If this all sounds a little academic, it is a bit, and the book suffers somewhat from a sense of repetition in the author-penned pieces, which tend to make the same points about combining craft and activism. That said, the photos and interviews are astounding and powerfully inspiring. It’ll be hard not to want to knit a cupcake to leave on a nearby park bench—or think about the political ramifications of recycling craft materials after reading this book. Full-color photos. (May)
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"Craftivism explores the power of being meaningful with our head and hands. Making with active intention is a political act no matter how big or small your intention is. Making is scary, and Craftivism gives permission to craftivists to be loud, to be quiet, to make with meaning, and most importantly, to share and create a difference." —Kate Bingaman-Burt, author of Obsessive Consumption

"Betsy Greer has collected an impressive line-up of experts, and their essays both informative and delightful. This is a book for anyone who's into craft or activism -- or are simply curious about either." —Perri Lewis, author of Material World and creative director of Mastered

"Sharing stories of how people make changes in the world through creative acts of making, Betsy Greer reminds us that revolutions are small before they are grand. In the spirit of craftivism, she gives voice to others, sharing their stories to demonstrate how collaboration -- as much as action and listening -- can effect change." —Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft and Co-Founder, Critical Craft Forum

"Not a book of instruction but of inspiration, Greer's follow-up to Knitting for Good is a compelling survey of the global, little-known world of crafting as activism ... The photos and interviews are astounding and powerfully inspiring." —Publishers Weekly

"Socially conscious crafters who enjoy the efforts of Faythe Levine (Handmade Nation) and Leanne Prain (Yarn Bombing, Hoopla) will be inspired by these activists' thought-provoking work." —Library Journal

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Craftivism is a term that Greer (Knitting for Good!) coined to describe the intersection of handmade items and political activism. The current craft/DIY renaissance has its roots in contemporary feminism and the reclaiming of "women's work," and Greer explores this idea in detail through essays by and interviews with activists who have combined their passion for craft with their political ideals. "Craft" is defined broadly and the examples presented range from fine-art style work, such as Inga Hamilton's environmental sculpture and Carrie Reichardt's giant-size political mosaics to Kim Werker's intentionally ugly handicrafts and Maria Molteni's NCAA Net Works, which places handmade nets on basketball hoops in public places. Greer includes activists from a variety of cultures and countries and there's a wide range of statements on topics such as urban blight, the environmental impact of automobile traffic in Brazil, and women's health. Each segment is accompanied by a variety of colored photographs showing the craftivist's work in context. VERDICT Socially conscious crafters who enjoy the efforts of Faythe Levine (coauthor, Handmade Nation) and Leanne Prain (coauthor, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery) will be inspired by these activists' thought-provoking work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551525341
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 695,314
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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 craftivism.com and believes that creativity and positive activism can not only save the soul, but also the world.
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