Category Archives: Craftivism

Ninja Styles

Graffiti Ninja Handbag in action!

No ninja girl can be complete without a handbag!

This bag is perfectly sized for your textas for making art, camera to take photos of it and phone to text ya crew where to find your mad art. Or just put something heavy in it…

The bag is denim with an original hand embroidered design. The bag was rescued from impending landfill doom.

In store now!

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Landed Gentry

I am an anarchist

My partner is a georgist

We bought land

IRONY!

Landed Gentry

We acknowledge that we live, eat, play, dance and sing on Aboriginal land. (Up Yours John Howard)

Spread the [Love] Money

 

 

This is Maria

Maria is 21 years old and single. She lives with her mother and she works in the production of tablecloths, napkins and other embroidered products. She and her mother don’t have their own shop, so they sell their crafts to wholesalers who in turn sell to the Santo Domingo artisan’s market. She also sells special orders to people in the community.

I just loaned Maria $25.

With this loan, she hopes to buy more thread and fabric to increase production and sell in a small shop that is frequented by tourists.

This is called Mutual Aid.  Not Colonial Aid.  Not Corrupt Government Aid.  Not Celebrity Ego Enhancing Aid.  Rather, Actual Aid.

And when this loan is repaid.  I’ll find another Maria.

The money I loaned Maria was from the profits I made from selling my own embroidery.  And that’s about 95% of my profits so far.  So hopefully some of you out there with a slightly higher income can lend some money too.

Viva La Craftivista!

Check this cute pillow I found at the Craftster forums. Showed it to my mate who’s a budding embroidering vegan and she almost lost it!

Yeah so I’m busy making the next project but dare say it will take a few weeks.  It’s a big design and I’m using 18 count fabric so it’s pretty detailed thus time consuming.  But you’ll all get so excited when you see it!

Virtual Cross Stitch

OK this is like the ultimate cyber action!!!  Virtual community cross stitch to save the planet!!  (almost)

Seriously this is the second most amazing website I have seen in my whole life. (And I am a real nerd.  I have seen THOUSANDS).

GO AND PLAY NOW!!!! 

Extreme Craft Pt2

All the photos from the Extreme Craft Exhibition in Lithuania can now be seen here. Including these groovy shots of Red Emma.

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Yeah, what the knitting said!

So I definitely like crafts with a message, especially stuff that’s way out in public. So totally rate this new stuff:

Firstly mad props to home made tshirt for these very cute gloves

And a new knitter in the same vein as Knitta, Masquerade in Stockholm is knitting up the mad shit. I like this one especially, but I’m just a bit soppy.

As for me, my new project is an eco warrior Hello Kitty tshirt.  Stay tuned…

Extreme Fun in Lithuania

I was among the Extreme Crafters invited to participate in the Extreme Craft Exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art. So given that Emma Goldman was originally from Lithuania, I felt sufficiently motivated to stitch that pattern up (slightly altered cause I was seriously running out of time!). I decided to make a wall hanging since it was going on a wall. Also, I didn’t think I’d be able to figure out how to make anything else out of it ;)

So, presenting Red Emma!

Red Emma

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Hooray for Boobies

My new favourite website is The Nipple Project. Having found a completely new level of understanding of my own nipples recently, I do feel compelled to contribute something to this project. Might have to do a nipple cross stitch!

Submit a hand-made artistic interpretation of your nipple or of someone’s nipple you love. Send us a nipple(s) made out any material that can be woven, sewn or attached to other nipples. Our goal is to create a wonderfully large, community based art installation consisting of 3-dimensional craft media such as knitting, crocheting, beading, sewing, and felting. Other alternative materials such as gourds, leather, metal, wood and other fibers are welcomed and encouraged! The final piece will include all of the nipple submissions sewn, wired or stitched together to create a large hanging wall installation to be shown in late 2007, as soon as we are able to secure a gallery or exhibition location. We are still accepting submissions! We have a rolling deadline so that we can get as many nips as possible!

Some Inspiration For You

Now I’m not really a fan of knitting (’cause I can’t figure it out grrr), but I must give kudos to the knitters for being pretty cool activists.  And I won’t grumble about them having an unfair advantage ’cause their craft is easier to do lasrge amounts quickly than cross stitching ;)

Anyhoo, stumbled across a couple of new craftivism projects which I though deserved a bit of a mention.  Firstly, the Street Knit crew in Toronto (which must be such a cool city to live in!).  They knit for the homeless:

They are asking for contributions of knitted blue squares which are all knitted together to make a river.  Pretty groovy.  Again, if I would/could knit, I’d be in!

Radical Ceramic Graffiti

 

Check this out for some serious craftivism.

 

This is part of a house in West London that is being transformed into a giant ceramic mosaic graffiti piece.  Yay for the artist Baroness von Carrie Reichardt!

 

And it has a serious political message.  Extreme Craft has all the details.

 

The best $15 ever spent

I saw this in Fat Helens in Chapel Street, Prahan. And seriously, how could I resist something with a tag like this?

Balaclava Tag

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Just Love Banksy

Banksy Grannies

Punk Princess

I got given this ‘interesting’ dress as a present for Tara and decided it just needed a bit of altering…

Anarchist dress

And up close…

Anarchist dress stitching detail

And in action…

Anarchist dress in action

“Smash the Patriarchy!!!!”

Sorry not selling this one.

Mad Crazy Knitting Riots

Yay, so in the weekend I went to the Melbourne Social Forum and was involved with running a workshop on the craft revolution. It was heaps of fun and we all got to learn how to knit with plastic bags!! Totally revolutionary that!!

Plastic Bag Knitters

And I saw that embroidery is certainly catching on around the traps. I met this guy with an amazing embroidered denim suit. I didn’t get a very good photo of it but this will give you an idea…

Suit back

Finally I found this wee piece on the Earthsharing Australia stall. I was pleased to see my ranting about radical cross stitch has been rubbing off on some people I know ;)

Earthsharing Cloud

And I must say the MSF was awesome fun. I learn’t heaps and did some great networking. And had a great time stitching! Can’t wait til next year.