2017 was the year of many great things; the Royal engagement, the ALS ice bucket challenge led to real progress in treating and curing the disease and we released our first ever Stitch-A-Long.
2017 was also the year of craftivism. The term craftivism was first used in 2003 by writer Betsy Greer in order to join the separate spheres of craft and activism. Her favorite self-created definition of the term states, “craftivism is a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite”
Craftivism isn’t just about writing profanities on beautiful linen and bashing political views, as fun as that can be sometimes. It is about crafting beautiful pieces of art that help people and encourage others be the positive change they wish to see in the world.
This movement isn’t a new thing. Betsy started talking about it back in 2003 and the hashtag #craftivism has over 22,000 posts on instagram. Since then the movement has gone from strength to strength with thousands of crafters joining in and sharing their message through various mediums.
Betsy Greer reached out to her followers to find out what they thought Craftivism is and with their responses, she came up with a Craftivism manifesto. She states this isn’t a be all and end all definition and that craftivism is what you make of it. Here is her manifesto:
There has been a wave of Craftivism books in recent months with titles such as How to be a Craftivist by Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective, Really Cross Stitch by Rayna Fahey, Feminist Icon Cross Stitch by Anna Fleiss and Lauren Mancuso and Protest Knits by Geraldine Warner. Each book features a variety of whitty charts and patterns to create as well as messages of motivation to suit a wide variety of craftivists.
No matter which craft medium you choose to convey your message we hope you all have a wonderful 2018 and keep on crafting.