Craftivism (craft + activism) is a growing movement of individuals and groups using craft / making as a peaceful, powerful and positive tool to stimulate personal, social or political change. It invites you to use your heart, head and hands to make anew, giving you the courage to think and act differently in the world.
This starter workshop – on Saturday April 22nd, 10.20-12.30 – in my hometown of Lewes, is aimed at adults of all abilities and genders (minimum age 12) and on bringing craftivism to the South-East.
The workshop offers : an inspiring, visual introduction to the history of craft in activism over the last century, from the Suffragettes to the recent Women’s Marches and the Craftivist Collective. This then leads into a practical session where you will make and leave with a small, wearable piece of craftivism to keep or give away (see image).
Access/ prices info: £25/ £15 /£10 concessions includes materials and a cuppa. 3 x £5 places available to those on low/no income. Minimum age 12 (under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult). To book a place by paypal or online payment contact me alinahazadehATgmail.com. A limited number of places available on the day depending on demand. Venue: Lewes Subud centre, 26a Station St, Lewes, BN7 2DB
Leave with: more info on craftivism, and ways to continue so that – if you are inspired to – you can set up your own group/s or join existing ones. That might simply be within your own family to create slower, creative time together reflecting … or out on the streets engaging in local or global campaigns.
Why I am offering this workshop: I was inspired and asked to do so after my experience of leading the Revolutionary Makers project here, where our mass craftivist installation and workshop series – designed to create conversations and actions around gender equality – launched at last month’s Women of the World Festival for Hull City of Culture. See me talking about it on video here and listen to me being interviewed by Jenni Murray as part of the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour panel live in Hull during the event here.