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Craftivism and Cross Stitch


Mon 23 Oct 2017, 6:15pm–7:30pm

Where: Madame Brussels, Level 3, 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: lanewaylearning

What’s it all about? Wish you knew how to cross stitch? Don’t know what craftivism is or want to know more about it? In this hands-on workshop we’ll look at the growing worldwide craftivism movement. Then, we’ll learn the basics of cross stitch and make our own craftivist designs!

We’ll learn about various projects that employ different types of crafts to spread their message. From anti-war cross stitch protests to personalising your urban environment via sneaky guerrilla knitting, from raising awareness about the gender pay gap through baking to guerrilla mosaics protesting the death penalty in the US. Craft can, and has, been utalised for almost every cause.

What will we cover?
This class will explore the various ways people have used their chosen craft to spread their message. Plus, learn how you can promote causes you believe in through your favourite craft! You’ll be guided through the process of designing and making your own small craftivist cross stitch on a cause of your choice.

If you can read a map or play Battleships, you can cross stitch. If you have a cause you’re passionate about, you can be a craftivist!

“Craftivism is the practice of engaged creativity, especially regarding political or social causes. By using their creative energy to help make the world a better place, craftivists help bring about positive change via personalized activism. Craftivism allows practitioners to customize their particular skills to address particular causes.” - Betsy Greer

Who will be teaching?
Sayraphim profile picture.Sayraphim is a public artist who utilises as many crafts as she can lay her hands on. She’s interested in craftivism (using craft for activist purposes) and creative resistance in all its forms. Her main body of work revolves around kindness as a form of rebellion, craft as a form of subversion and games in public to overturn expected behaviours. She is inspired by street art, craft history and the rebellious in almost all its forms. She is the host of the YouTube channel MonsterThinks where she explores all this and more. Find her on various social media as @sayraphim.