Craftivism

It seems to me that the Pussyhat Project has unleashed a wave of craftivism, a word that I’ve been hearing a lot lately: a portmanteau of “craft” and “activism”. I told you in a previous post how much I appreciate the reinterpreting and reinvigorating of traditionally feminine crafts to make a political statement. This TEDx Talk by Sarah Corbett, the founder of Craftivist Collective,  reminded me also that craftivism is a type of activism that introverts can engage in, and is a form of “intimate activism” that encourages personal conversations.

Though craftivism feels like a new concept to me, having lived only 28 short years and having become immersed in the world of hand-crafts only a handful of years ago, it dates back at least to the French Revolution, during which women knit red hats during executions by guillotine. Meadow-Lynn of The Woven Road blog wrote an informative post covering a brief history of craftivism.

Several great knitting patterns in the spirit of craftivism have come to my attention in the weeks since the Women’s March on Washington took place and the Pussyhat became an international symbol of feminism and resistance. I just wanted to share a few with you.

Shortly after the Women’s March on Washington, science-minded folks began planning a March for Science in support of the science community, and the Brain Hat pattern by Kristin McDonnell was born.

The Peace de Resistance Mittens by Bristol Ivy include feminist symbolism and she has pledged to donate all proceeds from pattern sales to charities.

Wear your feminist pride on your head with this Fierce Feminist hat by Kiki Hall. In lieu of payment for the pattern, she encourages you to donate to a feminist cause.

Check out #Craftivism on Instagram for more inspiration.

Written by Lauren Chesis

Lauren Chesis

2 Comments on “Craftivism

  1. I continue to be impressed by your thoughtful and relevant blogs about what I now will call Craftism. As A knitting retreat hostess I am considering shifting the emphasis slightly to include the theme of
    women supporting and empowering women. Who knew that knitting, crochet, etc. could be is political movement? I am of the baby boomer generation and we think we are so special. But it is going to take the energy and perspective of the millennials like yourself to get our country through this upheaval.

    • Thanks Victoria! I love the theme of women supporting women. It’s something we should all think about as knitters, women, and humans.

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