Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism (Review)

Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism  (Arsenal Pulp Press) edited by Betsy Greer is a diverse and intriguing collection of essays, interviews, and images that explore the work of craft-activist artists from around the world – the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Asia through examples that include:

  • community embroidery projects
  • stitching in prisons
  • revolutionary ceramics
  • AIDS activism
  • yarn bombing
  • crafts that facilitate personal growth

Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism; Craftivism the book is full of inspiration for crafters who want to create works that add to the greater good. [Arsenal Pulp Press]

Betsy Greer“Craftivists” use traditional craft mediums and techniques including knitting, crocheting, sewing, textiles, pottery, and ceramics. They are then turned into modern – and usually public – projects and installations that are unique and provoking.

Editor Betsy Greer has successfully pulled together a collection that will introduce readers to a variety of craftivism.

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, UK, cultural theorist and designer dressmaker.

But beyond the projects, the contributors give readers a glimpse into their inspirations, motivations, process, and results – both intended and unexpected.

The enthusiasm of the book’s participants over their individual efforts and their resulting effects on their community will leave you wanting to find your own craftivism project.

If you in any way enjoy or are interested in crafts, activism, or community/public art projects, then you definitely need to pick up your own copy of Craftivism.

Buy your own copy of Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism online here  or check out (and support!) your local bookstore.

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