Craft Activism is a book about people, ideas and projects from the new community of handmade and how you can join in by author Joan Tapper and photographed by Gale Zucker. I didn’t know what to expect from the title of this book and was pleasantly surprised.
Craftivism is a term by Betsy Greer as a DIY (do it yourself) movement. It promotes handmade objects over mass-produced items. And the lifestyle that surrounds handmade. 17 patterns of various crafts are included.
The book is broken up into five sections; Crafting a Statement, Recrafting the Past, Crafting for a Cause, Crafting to Recycle, Renew and Reuse and Crafting a Community. It includes knitting, quilting and multimedia among them.
Crafting a statement is about political comments, animal rights, social commentary and speaking out through your craft. Yarnbombing (knit bombing) is a sample of this. The project Ocelot Scarf by Ruth Marshall and Dorothy Orzel is knit using the stranded colorwork method. The statement that this beautiful scarf shouts is loud and clear.
Recrafting the past is all about updating the past with present materials and a new twist on domestic arts (home economics). Granny Greenbag pattern in crochet by Ellen Bloom with a skill level of easy and is retro chic. Kim Werker, founder of Crochetme.com says, crochet can not be machine made, so “when it goes out of fashion, it disappears from the shelves”.
Crafting for a cause is just that. Charity crafting is big and has always been a way for people to become involved, even during the Civil War. The Red Scarf project is a result of the Orphan foundation of America. It is for aged-out foster care children who are in college. Approximately 2,500 college students each year recieve a red scarf as a reminder of where they have come and of their future goals. Knit yourself, On the Quad scarf, easy skill level designed by Rebecca Hatcher.
Recycle, renew, reuse is what Crispina ffrench “excels in making something beautiful out of unlikely materials”. Plastic has a future in sewing (plabric), knitting (plarn) and art. Virgina Fleck is a true artist when it comes to creating with plastic. Please check out her mandalas.
Crafting a community from Ravelry to how to craft a craft fair is in this section. Long Day to Startlit Night wrap combines knitting, crochet and embroidery by Kat Coyle. Distance is no longer an issue when it comes to like minded craft individuals.
This book is filled with stories, interviews, tips, hints, ideas and projects. Mark Frauenfeldur even explains how to become an ambassador of handmade. Craft Activism is fresh, inspiring, cheery, positive and with great photographs.
If you are looking for yarn to complete one of these projects, look no further than Westport Yarns. Westport Yarns is located at 582 Post Road East Westport, CT 06880, 203.454.4300. Stop by for a taste of yarn Nirvana.