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Mini Banner mask on mannequin in window display of Paper Dress Boutique, Shoreditch London
Image by craftivist collective
Photos by Robin Prime / Craftivist Collective
Fly solidarity’s flag for those suffering as a result of the world’s injustices. Craft your own banner, turn heads and influence change.
Imagine walking down the street and spotting a colourful cross-stitched banner out of the corner of your eye. You stop to look more closely and discover a startling fact about human rights abuses, or perhaps an encouraging quote urging you to be the change you want to see in the world.
One of the reasons why we love craftivism is that it is beautiful and non-threatening, engaging with people where they are, rather than shoving our message down their throats. That’s why our small, provocative Mini Protest Banners are so effective.
While stitching your banner, you will have the opportunity to reflect on important issues (our kits include ‘crafter-thought’ questions for you to reflect on), whether that’s the shameful practices that go on in sweatshops or the need to live in an environmentally sustainable way.
And by hanging your banner in public, you engage others in the fight for a fairer, more beautiful world in a provocative but thoughtful way, without them feeling threatened or preached at.
Hundreds of craftivists have used this project to great effect each September over the last three years, to support War on Want’s ‘Love Fashion, Hate Sweatshops’ campaign. But you can stitch a Mini Banner at any time, with any gentle protest message.
Just remember to avoid aggressive finger-pointing or blame – the idea is to make people think, and to encourage them that positive change can happen, and that they can be a part of it!
Stitch your banner on your own while you reflect on the issues at hand, or get together for a group stitch-in hosting an event where you can discuss your ideas with others, be encouraged by liked-minded people, and if you do it in public or a cafe hopefully you will also engage curious passers-by, who will wonder what you’re up to!
So… order your craftivism kit, pick up your scissors, and start shaping the future of our world into a more sustainable, beautiful place for all with us? Craft alone or with friends, family, or even set up a public stitch-in and bring the discussion to passersby and at other events. Tag us @craftivists on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest or ‘Craftivist Collective’ on Facebook) so we can share your creations with others (unless you say otherwise) and we can all join the conversation. You can also do a guest blog for this website to share your crafter-thoughts and hopes like these craftivists have here in our series “My Craftivism”
Made ethically in the UK, each item you buy comes with 2 free stickers through the post.
Cross stitch aida
Upcycled patterned cotton fabric with two eyelets
2 cable ties
Tips & message ideas
Crafter-thought questions to reflect on whilst stitching
Craftivist Collective label
Plus 2 free little gifts for you x
Use with courage and care.
I don’t own the musics used
Come And Play
Letter Of Intent
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