Dayanita Singh (an artist born and living in India) said “I think I feel at a dead end with photography in a traditional way. ” That sentiment lead her to her practice of combining photography and literature within the book format. In Defining Contemporary Art, Hans Ulrich Obrist describes her work as being “imbued with a distinct sense of intimacy and the quotidian” (428). Her photographic subjects can be as varied as individual sitters, domestic interiors, marketplaces, and large-scale urban and industrial scenes. Continue reading
I’d like to share with you a craftivist project my sister Luisa recently completed. Luisa is new to craftivism. She was formally introduced to it at my first craftivism related workshop, “Stitching with Purpose,” that I delivered at Vancouver’s Mini Maker Faire in June. She had no idea what she wanted to stitch—to help with this I had brought several magazines to help participants “jog their memories”. Continue reading
The workshop I delivered this past Sunday (Stitching with Purpose) at Artful Sundays in Vancouver was a great activity for community members to come together and think about a personal craftivist message and do some stitching. I was pleasantly surprised at how many people decided to give this a try considering that this is a time intensive activity. Continue reading
why is there no maximum wage? This question was written on a banner held by a protester at an event. I wasn’t at the event but saw the image of the protester in Adbusters Magazine. I don’t know the context behind the event/image but I thought this was a good question to ask. It got me thinking. Continue reading
My minimum wage project has evolved to creating small message banners. I am currently creating a small grouping to install together in one spot on Commercial Drive (in August), in my neighbourhood in Vancouver. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered how other people globally are practicing craftivism (craft+activism)? Although you can find many examples online, you often don’t get the background behind a project or sometimes projects come to an end and the documentation is taken off-line. This is why books are so indispensable and why I really appreciate Betsy Greer’s latest book Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism. Continue reading
employed but poor — what does it mean?
It means that two parents with children can both be working full-time earning the minimum wage and still struggle to make ends meet. Continue reading