Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism

by Megan Bayliss | October 13, 2016 8:43 am

Craftivism: The art of craft and activism. Betsy Greer. www.craftivism.com
Craftivism: The art of craft and activism. Betsy Greer. www.craftivism.com

Am I a freak or do you too experience cell discombobulation when faced with a new idea, word or concept that in a different setting could be an orgasm?

Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism[1]: I am seriously in LOVE (and TOTALLY discombobulated). Craft + activism = craftivism.

Invited to take part in a seminar and political crafting afternoon hosted at James Cook University during Global Climate Change Week (#GCCW), seminar speaker, A/Professor Hillary Whitehouse, spoke on Craftivism.

As though I wasn't already in love (words of endearment are my love language obviously), Dr Whitehouse[2] featured The Junk Weavers Inc and Knitting Nannas Against Gas and Greed[3] (many of whom are friends of mine and I adore the consciousness raising they do across all ages and stratas of community).

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The frustrated academic and life long learner in me is soothed. It was like I was in paradise surrounded by sweet muses crafting words to effect social change; words of empowerment and personal growth through craft; words that felled me to my knees as I evangelically threw my hands to the heavens and committed my soul to craftivism.

Man, what a great afternoon we had. As usual I spoke garbage and wove it into every conversation...aka...I did a single-use plastic weaving demonstration. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE my job?

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Please, nobody tell my darling husband before I do: a PhD around sustainable and recycled craft is back on my agenda. Yeehaw....I am off to craft up a scholarship.

Keep talking garbage...and I'll keep writing it. Mxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Endnotes:
  1. Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism: http://craftivism.com/books/craftivism-the-art-of-craft-and-activism/
  2. Dr Whitehouse: https://research.jcu.edu.au/portfolio/hilary.whitehouse/
  3. Knitting Nannas Against Gas and Greed: http://www.knitting-nannas.com/
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