This month marks publication for Sarah Corbett’s Little Book of Craftivism. She was kind enough to send me a copy and I devoured it during a commute home.
It’s Sarah’s story of how she discovered the gentle art of protest, using a needle and thread, but it’s so much more than that. Encouraging in tone, it suggests ways in which the humble reader can find out what they want from life, how they’d like to connect with the world and how they can make changes, one stitch at a time. She’s even managed to get me stitching as part of her I Am A Piece project.
There are plenty of inspiring projects (embroidered office chair, anyone?), thoughts on keeping motivated, getting friends involved, the power of humour, slogan inspirations, strategies for approaching the movers and shakers of society, and lots of lovely photos. Phew – this girl’s been busy!
As Sarah says, ‘Craftivism is using your crafty skills to better the world.’ I really like her take – that activism doesn’t have to be shouty or preachy. After all, who likes to be shouted or preached at? Sarah takes a gentler approach, but with significant muscle behind her actions. Did you know that this very book was part funded by supporters and craftivists Sarah encouraged to help? That’s 21st-century publishing for you!
What have you done to make the world better recently? Me? Um, I … I … I’ll come back to you on that one.