Category Archives: Craft + politics

The quilt made by gangs

Marvellous work by Katarina Thorsen, an art therapist who worked with rival gangs in Vancouver. They created this quilt together using painting, sketching and hand sewing, and the one rule is that nothing was censored.

She’s selling it to raise funds for Operation Sock Monkey.

Oh how I’d love to buy it.

 

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Crafting the Berlin Wall. With cross stitch

Diane-Meyer

Diane Meyer, an assistant professor of photography at Loyola Marymount University, makes these amazing pictures. See more at dianemeyer.net

(Via npr.org)

 

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Love fashion, hate sweatshops, love craft?

Get involved, then.

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Knitting Wars: a new telly show?

Knitting Wars fake TV banner from PBS

No, just a fake billboard from PBS mocking the dominance of ridiculous reality TV shows (via the Wrap).

Ridiculous?! Hmm. PBS, I reckon you need to reconsider that. A sexy, shiny, American version of the Great British Sewing Bee would be rather fabulous.

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Craft your response to government cuts

I care Scope soap

Send a letter to your MP? That’s not the way to get their attention these days. Scope are running a marvellous creative campaign to get the message out there. Here’s what they say:

“We are a nation of people who care about fairness and freedom.  And yet today, too many disabled people are being denied social care – help to do the basics like getting washed, dressed and out of the house. Essential support to live their lives. The Government has a choice. Now. Will they right this wrong by funding social care in the upcoming Spending Review, or will they make it even worse by denying more than 100,000 disabled people the lifeline of social care?  It depends if they see people care enough to speak out. We want to show them Britain cares! Our new creative actions are designed to show MPs just that – people do care about this issue. So much so that they have spent time over a creative action. We have guides for knitting a sock, stitching  ‘I Care’ onto a sock, adding ‘I Care ‘ to a bar of soap or simply making a home-made card. By sending something personal and homemade to MPs, we’re highlighting the issue of essential social care in a unique way. What better way to remind an MP how essential getting washed every morning is, than with a bar of soap?”

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Crafters: the new US pollsters?

Followers of MADWP will know that I’m rather partial to a bit of political craft – it’s why I made this gallery of the best Obama and Romney craft for the Guardian.

Having written it the day before the election, I wasn’t sure whether Melanie Howard’s prediction was going to be that accurate (she reckoned Obama might do it as his finger puppets were outselling the Romney ones), but I’m SUPER glad she was.

 

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Knit for Pussy Riot!

I wondered how long it would take for someone to do this (via The Drum)

Knitting Pussy Riot

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The Leveson enquiry, in cake form

God bless Miss Cakehead. The world is a better place because of her and her cake, especially these Leveson enquiry-themed ones.

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Mitt Romney gets crafted

More from the new craze on Etsy over on Jezebel.com

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I love knitted uteruses. And I love political knitting. Which is lucky.

Thank you, Buzzfeed.

(<<The women of Government Free VJJ have started a campaign to send knitted and crocheted female reproductive organs to male members of Congress. Their motto: “if they have their own, they can leave ours alone!”>>).

Sweet.

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