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What is Craftivism?

Craftivism can be particularly appealing because of its calming effect and reported ability to help mental health while making a difference.

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At the launch of Making for Change, Craftspace held an Inspiration Day on 11 July 2015. Over 40 young people attended the event at Birmingham's own Impact Hub.

Attendees had the chance to experiment with different craftivist activities, share their own perspective on social justice issues and hear from three different artists-in-residence,

Here you can hear lots of different ideas on what craftivism is and why the Inspiration Day was so important.

Who?: Kate Rolison - poet-turned crafter

What?: 'Secrets of self-preservation’ - Stitching words into small ribbon banners.


Why?: This calming, repetitive action could increase well-being whilst challenging the stigma associated with discussing mental health issues.

Gemma Latham


Punch holes into strips of paper to create words.


Simple and repetitive techniques, easy for anyone to join in! 

A heart-beat monitor showed participants' heart-beats and the calming effect of craft. When the participant’s heart-beat was at a steady pace, the word craft would appear on a monitor.

Sarah Corbett - Craftivist Collective


‘Stitchable change makers’ - Embroidery dot-to-dots of the faces of famous activists such as Nelson Mandela.


Through the process of stitching young people were asked to think about how they too could become change-makers.

You can read the activities of the artists below during the Inspiration Day.


This can help you with your own campaigns. How would you present your own idea to others and highlight the benefits of craftivism?

You can hear more from the artists in the video below as they explain the activities further. 

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