Exploring Craftivism

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I am embracing craftivism as a way to make my voice heard and (hopefully) to effect change. “Craftivism” is exactly what it sounds like: Craft + Activism = Craftivism, as thoughtfully coined by craftivist powerhouse, Betsy Greer. In recent months I’ve been inspired and encouraged by so many artists’ and makers’ pieces. This cornucopia of handicrafts created by individuals and organized groups have the ability to spark important thoughts, feelings, and ideas in us which may not have been unlocked otherwise.

Countless artists have been doing this for years, although non-activist/craftivist art is oftentimes left open to the spectator’s own interpretation, whereas art through craftivism usually depicts a clearer message. The intentionality and thoughtfulness which goes into the conceptualization and making of each piece is a crucial part of what makes craftivism such a uniquely powerful form of communication. Much deliberateness and care goes into this special crafting process, and it comes through in the finished product. I love that anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, orientation, or skill level, can convey a message through the act of craftivism. It’s a more amiable, non-confrontational form of activism/protest/communication. The hope is that craftivist actions and pieces will create thoughtful dialogues, encourage free thinking, expand learning opportunities, develop relationships, and prompt us to take action. When I think of craftivism as a whole, my heart soars with excitement and hope!

Since I’ve been dreaming of getting back into sewing and experimenting with new-to-me embroidery techniques on paper and fabric, this will be the focus of my first craftivism project. My own trivial distractions, being “busy”, or feeling too tired and unmotivated have all delayed my action. Well, no more! I can’t wait to see what is created out of all this. I will share my progress as it happens with you on various social media channels across the interwebs. Until then, I encourage you to explore the wonderful, ever-growing world of craftivism!

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