What is Craftivism?
It's a term coined by the writer Betsy Greer in the early noughties, who defines it as specific blend of activism with traditional hand crafts, usually of a textile nature such as embroidery and knitting.
The topic is close to my heart and was the subject of my dissertation in the final year of my Textiles degree. I one day intend to add more chapters and publish it as a book. The below writing is the introduction from that dissertation.
I have decided to write this post now in response to the current Black Lives Matter protests, ignited by the brutal and unjust killing of George Floyd in America. As I'm sure we're all aware, this is a global problem and our black friends and family are at the mercy of daily unchecked systemic racism and anti-social behaviour just because of their skin tone. This is unacceptable and we can all be doing more to speak out about this.
Visit this link to sign petitions, donate, and find resources for the Black Lives Matter movement: