We welcome another new contributor to The Brave Discussion today, Sarah Corbett. Sarah will be writing for us regularly throughout the year so a big warm welcome to our blogger network. Ever heard of a craftivist? Sarah shares her personal story with us and challenges us in tomorrow’s guest post to participate in Hijacking Valentine’s Day, all for a good cause. Will you step up to the challenge?
Sarah Corbett grew up as an activist and has worked in the INGO sector for over 7 years in engaging people in global injustices working for Christian Aid, DFID and most recently Oxfam as a Community & Activism Campaigner before she became a full time Craftivist. Growing up in the 80s in Everton, Liverpool, the fourth most deprived ward in the UK, she was brought into the world of activism from a young age having experienced firsthand her community battling against the effects of inequality, squatting to save local housing aged 5! Sarah is passionate about empowering and encouraging people to use their hobbies, talents and influence to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Sarah founded the Craftivist Collective in 2009 after craft-lovers around the world asked to join in her craftivism (activism through craft) as a way to make positive change and give lovers of craft a voice. This is a growing movement of innovative reflective campaigning Sarah designed for craft lovers to do ‘slow activism’ as well as offering a tool to marginalised communities to express their personal experiences of injustice through the power of craft. This hobby accidentally turned her into Europe’s leading spokesperson in the global craftivism movement. The Times named her one of their 5 ‘New Tribes’ of 2012, and she has been featured in numerous magazines, blogs and even been on French TV channel Canal+.
The collective now has thousands of members all over the world doing her craftivism projects on their own and in groups doing ‘Stitch-Ins’. She is a ‘full time Craftivist’ creating projects, products, instruction videos, workshops, talks & currently working on creating an online hub for craftivists to connect with and share their projects with each other. She has exhibited in galleries including Brighton, Geneva & LA and has worked with creative institutions such as Tate, Hayward, British Library, TOMS Shoes, Greenbelt Festival, cult jewellers Tatty Devine & the groundbreaking Secret Cinema (managing to get 5000 customers dressed as prisoners doing reflective craft on the issue of the prison system’s revolving door problem!) and has worked with charities such as Save the Children on national projects to engage new audiences in campaigning. She has a craftivism book coming out in October 2013 through Thames & Hudson.
How you can participate
Social Media Handles for Craftivist Collective:
Facebook Group: Craftivist Collective
My LinkedIn: Sarah Corbett http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-corbett/43/900/3b0