Wotcha doing, Karen? It’s Craftivism, innit?
Sarah Corbett of Craftivist Collective recently invited me to a very special launch night. Not only was it to be at the gorgeous Mary Portas Living and Giving boutique in Primrose Hill, but it was to celebrate the start of a fabulous project in coordination with Save The Children. I hotfooted it over, glad that the Autumn weather allowed me to break out one of my wool dress makes – the fabulous V8667. (It’s a stonking pattern, readers.)
This latest initiative aims to bring together a collection of hand embroidered cloth jigsaw pieces into a giant installation, with each piece carrying a stitched message to raise social awareness. More specifically, Sarah and three other craft colleagues are soon heading to Sumatra with Save The Children to see for themselves the help needed. Sarah will be travelling and no doubt receiving a sobering lesson along with Hannah of Craft Blog UK, Mr X Stitch, and Lauren of Deadly Knitshade. Why? Because Save The Children have discovered that bloggers and crafters are a powerful force for spreading messages.
Now, if you’re thinking, Oh bless the ickle crafty types, with their high ideals. I bet they don’t get out of bed before lunchtime, you can wipe that thought straight from your mind. These people are serious! I can’t remember the last time I attended an event that was so well-organised, professionally put together, faultlessly promoted and enthusiastically attended. The evening passed seamlessly. And I had so much fun! I met some really lovely new people – crafters, bloggers, editors, Craft Council members, Sam from the Brentwood Belles (a fab-looking branch of the WI), Mollie Makes staff, owners of wool shops – and, bizarrely, an ex-colleague from years ago!
We even had chance to get started on our own embroidered jigsaw pieces. Attendees were invited to choose their own message to embroider…
Too quickly, the evening was over – but I wandered happily to the tube station with my new friends.
Our task moving forwards is simple.
- Complete one embroidered jigsaw piece and send it to Craftivist Collective to be included in the installation.
- Embroider a second and send it to our local MP.
- Make a third and keep it for ourselves!
It’s simple, effective and engaging – it changes lives and brings people together. I came away VERY impressed.
I can’t wait to see what happens next. If you want to get involved yourself, details are here. This is the ultimate portable project and you get to feel good about yourself. Not bad, eh?
Thank you, Sarah!