Craft Scotland have teamed up with the Craftivist Collective to offer an exciting new Craftivism Bootcamp at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath. The deadline for applications is 9am 19th August
The Craftivism Bootcamp is led by Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective and Europe’s leading spokesperson on activism through craft. Over two days from 01 to 03 November 2013 Sarah will run workshops ranging from making craftivist footprints to analysing power and discussing campaign strategies.
Betsy Greer coined the term Craftivism in 2003 and defines it as “A way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper and your quest for justice more infinite.” However, Craftivism is not a new concept – there is a long and inspirational history of craft being used to expose injustices.
The quickest explanation of craftivism is craft +activism = craftivism. The Craftivist Collective sees craftivism as activism and campaigning through craft. Craft is the tool used to get messages across.
Sarah Corbett says “Craft is the method of campaigning but it is the political and social change that is the end goal, and the most important part of craftivism. We enjoy craft and creating but we’re passionate about working towards a fairer society for all.”
She added “I’m really excited to be working with Craft Scotland on this Craftivism bootcamp and can’t wait to work with people in Scotland to help them become confident, skilled craftivists.”
The Craftivist Collective’s manifesto is “To expose the scandal of global poverty and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art. This will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions.” The Craftivist Collective was set up by Sarah in 2009 and now has thousands of supporters from all over the world.
The Craftivism Bootcamp from Craft Scotland and the Craftivist Collective aimsto introduce Craftivism to makers and activists in Scotland. The goal is to increase participants’ knowledge, understanding and connection with global issues along with the skills and capacity to use craft in campaigning on those issues. The participants will be trained to encourage others to take an active role in Craftivism and to run similar workshops and projects throughout Scotland.
The residential aspect of the Craftivism Bootcamp means that the group can discuss, read and reflect in the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings at Hospitalfield House during meals and social time.
If you believe in the power of creativity and craft in shaping social change, this is the weekend for you.
For more information and booking visit: http://bit.ly/15ZQuhi
To find out more about Sarah Corbett and the Craftivist Collective visit: http://craftivist-collective.com/