How To Be A Craftivist book launch!

By AlisonManey, Fri, 2017-10-06 12:07

If you’ve picked up your copy of Crazy issue 235 this month, you may have already read our feature on Sarah Corbett and her unique form of crafty activism – or “craftivism”, as she calls it. Her new book, How to be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest, details how activists can use craft to create change through compassion and conversation with the people they disagree with, rather than by using aggression and anger to get their point across. 

Crazy was lucky enough to snag an invite to the packed-to-capacity book launch party. Production Editor Alison represented the team and journeyed all the way from Bristol to London, cameraphone firmly in hand!

The book launch, held in bar/craft space/dance party venue Drink, Shop & Do, was full to capacity with Sarah's friends and family, as well as other crafters, activists and everyone in between. Jane Garvey of Women's Hour hosted a spirited Q&A with Sarah, and craft expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain was spotted in the crowd.

Partygoers were encouraged to sit down and take up one of three craftivism projects, including a new kit created with Sarah's organisation, Craftivist Collective, and mental health charity Mind. And in true Craftivist fashion, the proceeds from the evening were donated to Women's Aid.

"[Craftivism] really appeals to the introvert in me," said Fabienne Katy Camm, a long-time friend of Sarah's. "I don't have to go and pluck up all my courage to do it - it's a good gateway into the world of activism."

Though craftivism can involve any craft, Crazy had a moment of pride when, during her interview with Jane Garvey, Sarah spoke about how cross stitch helped birth her craftivist philosophy. "I missed making things," she says of the time she started doing craft. "I couldn't take my watercolours on the train, so I picked up [a cross stitch kit]... I loved it because it calmed me down, slowed me down, and helped me think clearly about my role as an activist. I was able to ask hard questions of myself while stitching. I also got into conversations with people thanks to the craft... When they initiate, they come in with an open heart and an open mind and you can talk to them about what you’re doing."

Though Crazy had to leave the party before the dancing began, Sarah took a moment to sign Alison's book (yes, she bought a copy for herself) and chat about the night. 

"I love that everyone came. People travelled to be here, and so far everyone says it's good! I hope people are having conversations with each other and that they feel inspired by talking to other people out there who are doing good." 

Want to find out more? Pick up a copy of Crazy issue 235 to read our story about Sarah, her book and her organisation, Craftivist Collective. Or, go straight to the source when you visit www.craftivist-collective.com, where you can buy Sarah's new book as well as craftivist kits and much more! 

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