Craftivist Collective believe craft can be a tool for gentle activism. By using the quiet, reflective time it gives us to explore global issues and how they affect the world around us, we can create something beautiful, considered, positive and poignant. Changing the world, one stitch at a time.
Sarah Corbett has worked as a professional campaigner for the last 6 years for Christian Aid, DFID (Department for International Development) and most recently Oxfam. She started doing craftivism (activism through craft) in 2008 as a reaction to quick, extrovert & aggressive activism and set up the global Craftivist Collective in 2009. Sarah works in collaboration with large charities such as UNICEF and art institutions such as National Portrait Gallery as well as organisations such as cult-jewellers Tatty Devine and Secret Cinema. She also sells products, delivers workshops, lectures, talks and exhibits her own craftivism work around the world. Sarah’s book ‘A Little Book of Craftivism” was released October 2013.
At Deptford Lounge (July 2015) & Wilderness (August 2015)
Craftivist’s Garden: Wellmaking
Craftivist Collective’s founder Sarah Corbett presents a practical workshop about craft as a meditative tool to stop, reflect and act on wellbeing in a gentle yet transformative way.
This embroidery workshop aims to improve wellbeing by involving participants like me and you in the fun, connected, sensory and mindful process of making things. Using the comfort of craft we will go beyond seeing craft simply as a relaxing tool to see the ways that craft can be an empowering act that helps us connect to others. Come and explore how we can all change our world one stitch at a time…
Join our #wellMAKING Craftivists Garden, while reflecting on the importance of wellbeing and what we need in order to flourish as a society. We cannot just be and we cannot rely on actions with good intentions; handicraft helps us to slow down, make, explore, think critically and strategically to make wellbeing in individuals and society: wellmaking!
See a video of the Wellmaking Project here.
2 Minute Interview
How does your workshop relate to being in the NOW?
Craftivism is about slowing down and using craft as a mediative & mindful action to think strategically and creativley about how we can all be change makers now and in the future.
What are you most looking forward to doing within your slot at NOW?
I love the discussions people have and whilst stitching and the inner monologues they share at the end of the session on what they were thinking about whilst stitching.
Any tips on how the audience can most benefit from your workshop?
If people come with an open mind, are prepared to slow down and engage deeply with the process and issue then they will get a lot of benefit and feel empowered at the end (I hope!)
Sarah’s Past Events with NOW
At Wilderness Festival (August 2014)
Craftivist Collective: Short Introduction to Craftivism
In this workshop led by Founder of Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett, you will learn the classic skill of embroidery to slow the mind whilst also learning how to be a change-maker, making your own piece of craftivism by creating a fabric footprint for you to keep after the festival.
We often reflect on the time to come or time gone by without really enjoying where we are now. We are connected to others and we have an impact as a local and global citizen (for most of us quite a daunting thought). It is easy to let life pass us by so why not craft to help you focus yourself on the NOW and remember how to be your best self in your local & global community using your unique passions, talents & actions? As part of NOW Live Events at Wilderness Festival, Sarah will be explaining what her approach to ‘craftivism’ is, it’s personal and political benefits as well as delivering workshops where you can make your own piece of craftivism.
At Deptford Lounge (June 2014)
‘Craftivist footprint: a spoonful of craft helps the activism go down’
We often reflect on the time to come or time gone by without really enjoying where we are now. We are connected to others and we have an impact as a local and global citizen (for most of us quite a daunting thought). It is easy to let life pass us by so why not craft yourself a physical footprint to help you focus yourself on the NOW and remember how to be your best self in your local community using your unique passions, talents & actions?
In this workshop led by Founder of Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett, you will learn the classic skill of embroidery whilst also learning how to be a change-maker to make the world a better place for people and planet. You will create a fabric footprint for you to keep and you will receive support on what message to stitch on your footprint and suggestions of where to put it.