Liverpudlian Sarah Corbett is seen as one of the leading spokespeople in the renaissance of the craftivism movement (craft + activism). Sarah set up the Craftivist Collective in 2009 in London. Their manifesto is “to expose the scandal of global poverty and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art.” A reaction to clicktivism and slacktivism this is a growing movement of innovative campaigning.
Sarah has worked with galleries such as the Tate, Hayward, cult jewellers Tatty Devine and has been called the leader of one of 5 ‘New Tribes’ of 2012 by The Times (all whilst she still works for Oxfam part time!). Craftivists have delivered ‘Stitch-Ins’ across the UK, been on stage at sold out shows stitching with comedian Josie Long and have supporters in Rob Da Bank, Sam Roddick and Joe Strummers daughter Queen of Craft: Jazz Domino Holly amongst others. The collective has thousands of members all over the world in places such as Copenhagen, Berlin, LA, Melbourne and even Quebec! Sarah continues passionately to inspire people to see craftivism as a fun, unthreatening but thought provoking way of effective activism.
The Craftivist Collective are seen as one of the leading groups in the craftivism movement. Their craftivism projects aim to challenge people’s views and reach out to those who may have not have previously accessed activism and groups for social change. You don’t have to be creative or an experienced campaigner. They encourage individuals and groups to deliver our projects wherever they are in the world and support them with kits, instruction videos, photographs of examples and personalised support when needed.
In the words of one of our craftivists Rosa Martyn: A spoonful of craft helps the activism go down.