How to use craft as activismNovember 21, 2018
Included with the latest submission to The Vegan Craftivist Project was a note that read in part, “I like the idea of vegan craftivist projects because I want to feel useful and feel like I am still part of a movement even though I am physically unable to be part of a lot of actions. Everyone has something to give in life.”
As the note reminds us, we all have something to give and we can all speak up for non-humans in whatever way we can.
The Vegan Craftivist Project started as a way to stay active in speaking up for non-humans after my move to a foreign country where I did not speak the language. I felt unable to use my voice on behalf of non-human animals as I did before my move.
I was grateful to find an outlet a few months later when I learned that I could use my hands to create works that could speak on their own on issues that I was passionate about. I decided to use craft as activism within the vegan and animal rights movement through the collective display of banners silently yet loudly proclaiming “why vegan” for non-human animals.
Whether you are the only vegan in your area, unfamiliar with the local language like I was, physically unable to take part in many actions, or very active in the vegan movement, the great thing about craftivism is that vegans from all walks of life can speak up through the use of their hands.
The term ‘craftivism’ was coined by Betsy Greer with an aim of speaking up for social justice issues through the use of craft – knitting, crochet, sewing, and embroidery, for example.
Community outreach, making things for those less fortunate, creating something to protest an issue, or crafting a piece that delivers a message to the viewer, all count as craftivism. The Vegan Craftivist Project was the first vegan project to join the craftivist movement.
With a goal of collecting 100 banners, which will be sewn together as a large flag and displayed in vegan venues and demonstrations, worldwide submissions in all languages from vegans of all crafting skills are welcome to send in banners.
To learn more about vegan craftivism, the project, and submission guidelines, visit vegancraftivist.blogspot.ch or join our Vegan Craftivist Facebook page.
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