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.