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
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
a living wage = choices marks the 3rd panel of this project.
The second panel, which read employed but poor was taken by someone several months ago. Unfortunately it wasn’t up for long. This made me think about the best way to present this project. Continue reading
The other day I came across a post by the craftivistcollective.com titled Building Relationships Through Craft. I agree that “the aesthetics of craft […] makes people warm to a craft piece.” I do think I’m using that to my advantage in my project and that passers-by feel less threatened by the piece because of the materials and technique used—yarn and embroidery. Continue reading
Finally, on a Sunday morning I installed the 2nd panel of my craftivist project – Employed but poor. I had finished this panel at least a month before but I was feeling lethargic when it came to installing it. I think this had something to do with the fact that you are so exposed at the installation site. Continue reading