Well, whewww, someone put it together – activism + craft = craftivism. That works for me!
Because it is possible to go beyond banners, email petitions and chants as ways of fighting for a cause you believe in. You could have a knit-in, papier-mache puppets, teach a crafty class for kids- all ways of turning that energy into a more positive, more useful, force. Atrocities are happening in our front yards and on our televisions and we need to find ways to react against what is happening without either giving up or exploding.
This is less about mass action or more about realizing what you can do to makes things around you better.
Read more – link here – Craftivism.com, created by Betsy Greer, who advanced ‘craftivism’ as a Masters thesis. Now she’s talking, no, excuse me, now she’s crafting — with a message!
Gives me that elusive concept that I have been struggling with for over a year now. How can I go from 5 years of intense and passionate activism to end the Iraq war to dabbling in exploration of hobby crafts – how are those two things congruent at all? Looks like maybe there is a common thread, after all.