In a war someone has to die
via Hanne Bang: Be a part of this art projekt: “I am going to find women from all over the world. Many women from each country. I would like to invite you to embroider/sew the text “In a war someone has to die” on a handkerchief. The text has to be in your own language. You may supplement with a symbol ore something else if you want to. The handkerchiefs (hopefully 200-300...
The new domesticity: Fun, empowering or a step...
An interesting article from the Washington Post about surge in interest in DIY and crafting. “At one level, this stuff is just plain fun. “Sometimes a can of jam is just a can of jam,” as Freud (never) said. Our tech-saturated generation craves creative hands-on activities, and nostalgic hobbies such as canning, knitting and baking fit the bill. We’ve realized that just because...
Interview: Cherry Holahan from The Wellington...
Tell me a bit about yourself. I’m originally from England but have lived in Australia (7 years) and New Zealand (1 year). I live with my partner Lauren (our logo designer and personal photographer) and our dog Jasper. For my day job I am a manager of costume hire and before that I worked for an Eco Clothing label. My interests other than craftivism include gardening on my veggie patch,...
Final Draft of 'counter craft'
Progress & Donations
As I get the interviews in, I’m up to 30 pages (8.5x11 folded format) - I was going to do it on the cheap and print black & white, but in typical designer fashion, I fell in love with my colored layouts. I would love to be able to print 200 copies and send copies to my new craft pals in New Zealand, California and London. Although I plan on applying for a grant in January for this...
Knitters at Occupy Boston
via Occupy Boston: On December 10, 2011 at 5:00 AM #OccupyBoston’s Dewey Square encampment was raided by the Boston Police Department and other officials. Thirty-five peaceful protesters were arrested on the Rose Kennedy Greenway just two days after Mayor Thomas Menino issued a notice of eviction. Eight others were arrested in the streets and sidewalks surrounding Dewey Square, and three were...
Craftivist Community - Facebook Group →
Join the ‘Craftivist Community’ Facebook Page! It has proved quite difficult to connect with craftivists! I decided I want to do what I can to try to create a global craftivist community. The name is not to creative, I know - but I figured over time it may evolve to a different name or… fizzle out altogether. Many craftivist groups have their own page, but I wanted to create a...
'Knit-In at the Sit-In'
Thursday I had the opportunity to speak with Maxina “Max” Ventura who started ‘Knit-In at the Sit-In,’ at the Occupy Berkeley protest. Max Ventura has been a part of Occupy Berkeley since its inception on October 8, 2011. She has been involved in activist activities for 30 years and believes that the work of thousands of activists over the past few decades has finally come to...
3D Yarn Bombing
images via yarnbombing.com
Buy Nothing Christmas Alternatives
For the first issue of ‘Counter Craft’ I will be including a page of alternative gift ideas. What are some of your favorite alternative gift ideas? They can include buying local, craft ideas, anything you can come up with.
Calling All Craftivist Groups!
Finding (active) craftivist groups is tedious work, but I’m trying! For my ‘Counter Craft’ website I have a page which aims to collect links and/or contact info to craftivist groups around the world. There really needs to be a resource for lonely activist crafters out there who want to get involved. If you want your group’s page to be included please leave a comment with your group’s...
Craft-a-Patch Giant 'Occupy' Blanket Project
Please Repost! via The Wellington Craftivism Collective Wellington Craftivism Collective is Creating a giant handmade patchwork blanket to show support and solidarity for the Occupy Movement and in conjunction with Buy Nothing Day. We invite people from all over the world to submit patches to us by mail, these patches will then be lovingly crafted together to form our united blanket. We...