Cross stitch is known for being all flowers and pretty designs and colours, but a craft revolution has been brewing for some years now, with many subversive stitchers, controversial crafters and non-violent activist groups picking up needle and thread to stitch their points of view.
The Craftivist Collective are an exciting group of people, founded by Sarah Corbett in 2009. The aim of the Craftivist Collective is to elegantly and beautifully encourage political consideration and conversation on topics such as human rights, global injustices and highlight important issues.
What’s unique about the Craftivists is their quiet, subversive methods of street graffiti and secretive protests in the form of cross-stitched signs and postcards hung in provocative public locations.
The creations’ controversial messages and serious tones are contrasted by their beautiful designs, elegant craftsmanship and colourful consideration - making the messages all the more powerful and eerily poignant.
Craftivists span the globe and include celebrity supporters, such as DJ Rob Da Bank; comedian Josie Long and Coco de Mer founder, Sam Roddick; as well as well as holding exhibitions at numerous galleries and museums.
“We want to show people that making people aware of the injustices and poverty in the world can be fun as well as empowering. It doesnt have to be stressful or elitest. Anyone can be a craftivist whatever their skill or understanding.”
One of the Craftivist Collective’s recent group projects is the Craftivist Jigsaw #imapiece project in conjunction with Save the Children’s If Campaign – fighting against world hunger and malnutrition in children. This amazing project features 700 individually stitched jigsaw pieces bearing messages, quotes and statements aimed to encourage the Government to tackle injustices at the 2013 G8 summit. The completed piece will be touring around the UK on exhibition: catch on 25th April at Craft Central in London.
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The Craftivist Collective hold numerous lectures, workshops and projects and are always on the lookout for new recruits to stitch for justice and awareness. If you’d like to get involved or find out more, visit the Craftivist Collective website and share your thoughts and creations with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.