Published on Oct 15, 2012
About The Project:
Pioneers of the emerging contemporary craft movement are urging people to join them to create a giant jigsaw embroidered with provocative messages to support Save the Children's Race Against Hunger Campaign 2012/2013 and remember that we can all be part of solutions when it comes to global injustice and not part of the problem.
Graffiti knitting street artist, Deadly Knitshade, whose street art includes a Parliament Square phone box cosy and a giant upcycled squid, Hilary Pullen, writer of social media tip blog 'Craft Blog UK', and Mr X Stitch, an original manbroiderer, are joining the Craftivist Collective's Jigsaw Project, which launches on World Food Day on October 16th 2012 and runs until the spring, joining the campaign to put hunger at the top of the agenda at the G8 next summer and encouraging us all to be part of the solution to tackle hunger, not part of the problem.
The number of hungry children in the world has risen for the first time this decade. Sarah Corbett, who founded the Craftivist Collective, known for leaving mini protest banners in public spaces and for stitch-ins on trains, galleries and cafes across the UK, believes hunger and malnutrition are political problems, which need political solutions, and that the craft community can play a part. The G8 makes it possible to make a positive difference and she is thrilled to have three of the UK's most influential craft bloggers on board.
"Life is like a puzzle, it all seems a mess but when it gets finished it looks brilliant. This project aims to show that we are all connected and our actions make a difference. There is no one solution to the problem of injustice but we can all play a part in a movement for change. We are supporting Save the Children because, as well as being a conscious consumer, this is a vital time to effect long-term change through campaigning and meeting your MP. We can't miss this opportunity.
"With this project we can all play a part in creating a beautiful world and supporting Save the Children's 'Race Against Hunger' campaign. All children deserve a good start in life whether they're in Sudan, Seattle, Stockholm or Southampton. Nutrition gives all children the chance to fulfil their potential. There's more than enough food for everybody, but the way we grow and share our food doesn't work. That's not fair play and it doesn't have to be this way."
Malnutrition means children achieve less at school and their productivity and health in adult life is affected, resulting in dire financial costs for entire countries. Climate change, volatile food prices, economic uncertainty and demographic shifts are putting future progress on tackling malnutrition at risk.
Simple actions such as buying local, using food co-operatives, growing your own, reducing your carbon footprint and buying Fair Trade, can all make a difference around the world, and raising awareness and talking to MPs about the issues can effect change in Government policy on problems such as food prices spikes, land and biofuels.
Traditional forms of activism tend to be quickly signing petitions, going on marches or being part of stunts. Craft is a time for reflection and craftivism (craft + activism) encourages you to slow down and think about issues of social injustice and express your views in a positive, non-threatening way with lots of encouragement. The Craftivist Collective aims to build a movement for social change in a reflective, personal and positive way.
Sarah added: "I burnt out as an activist because I was doing so much so fast and I felt like I was just a robot. Craftivism really helped me stop and think about what the issues mean to me and made me reflect deeply about whom the injustice affected and how we can all be part of solving them. For the maker it's a method of activism that I call 'slow activism'. "
Sarah Corbett continued, "We are supporting Save the Children's campaign because next year is a historic opportunity to tackle hunger once and for all. We need to sure it doesn't go to waste."
Music: 'Computer' by State Shirt.
Filmed and edited by Georgia Rooney & Tracey Gue