Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft

After my feedback I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of things I need to get on top of, and one of the things that I really liked the idea of is bringing in some subrates that make the collection feel warmer, so I started to think about knit, and popped into the Craft Sew and Sew to pick up a few wools in colours that are in my scheme.

I then needed to learn how to knit, not a big ask, I suppose.

This called for reinforcements, in the form of my mum. Master knitted extraordinaire (maybe I’m exaggerating but if you see how fast she can knit, you’d think so too). I’ve spend the afternoon learning how to knit, and I can tell you, I haven’t felt so cack-handed in years!

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Trying to figure out how to hold the needles right!

I love knitted stuff, big chunky jumpers, tightly knitted socks, massive blankets! They exude warms that cosy-ness which is something that would slot perfectly into my collection. So on I went with trying to knit, I started with some wool I has lying around the house, and made 20 stitches so I was just making a small sample patch. I don’t know what I did wrong but a one point I ended up with 28 stitches and by then end there were a few wholes where I’d dropped some. Needless to say that I got my mum to make me a samples with the threads that matched my colour scheme.

Using three different needled sizes, 10mm, 7mm and 4mm, I’ve got samples of different size, different colour and of varying degrees of skill! I do however really like the idea of adding knit into my collection, especially as a really cozy jumper that can be layered under my jacket and reinforces the idea of warms and protection.

(I’m not against buying a jumper and dying it the colour I want either!)

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Craftivism

17061501From the initial dissertation planning form to now, I have been trying to refine my idea so that I have a topic that I will be able to write about at length. My starting point was to look at the subversive role that fabric and crafts have played throughout modern women’s history. I found this idea to be interesting but I wasn’t finding it as exciting as I expected a dissertation subject to be.

Having already read The Subversive Stitch, I was interested in the insubordinate role that textiles has played through history. It was during my meeting with Ashley that I found out about Craftivism. This sparked my interest, and so the journey developed.

After the preliminary google search of the subject I found Sarah Corbett of the Craftivist Collective, and was really inspired by her definition of Craftivism; ‘a true craftivist uses craft as a tool for gentle activism aimed at influencing long-term change’. It’s this idea of Craftivism that really interesting me. The different branches of Craftivism that have cropped up all around the world, and how each face social justices in different ways.

From here I went on to read Craftivism: the art of Craft and Activism by Betsy Greer. I’m very interested in how these two people have used craftivism to implement social change, and so my dissertation idea started to change. I then went on to look at Craftivism in different countried and found an article posted on the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History entitled ‘Feminism and the art of “Craftivism”: knitting for social change under the principles of the arts and crafts movement’ which introduced me to Canadian Craftivist groups.

All of these different paths of craftivism and what I have read have gone on to influence my ideas for my dissertation. I would love to look into the main individual people, like Betsy Greer and Sarah Corbett, who use Craftivism for social justice and to find out which has been most successful, and why.