Craftivism is…

Last week, we organised a wonderful session at Dialogue Café. In the framework of our cycle “Global Exchange of Crafts Makers” we provided a special focus to craftivism, a gentle and creative way of protesting and bringing social change. An issue about I also share information through the European Cultural Foundation ECF Craftivism Lab.

During this session I had the pleasure of sharing a wonderful moment with Ana from Colectivo Metamorfilia, Sónia from Guerrilha Crochet Yarn Bombing Society, Teresa from Fashion Revolution Portugal, Gugui, from Gugui Cebey Textile Artist, and Nina from Dialogue Café Rio de Janeiro.

This is a short and personal report of one the best sessions I´ve never organised.

Thank you!

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Craft army brings change

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Source: The Guardian

“At one level our lives are increasingly virtual. The return to making and working with our hands is in part a reaction to that. There’s also an increased awareness of provenance. People are aware of the ethics of where things come from and how they are produced. Then there is the sense of wellbeing that comes with making things yourself.”, by Annie Warburton, the Crafts Council’s creative programme director.

I shared some weeks ago at the Craftivism Lab – ECF Lab, this article wrote by for the Guardian about market development for crafts and the economic change they are bringing to the UK economy. We all know the British political will and administrative support provided to the craft sector and its army is giving fruitful results and international recognition. In this article we will discover some testimonials and interesting actions brought by the UK Crafts Council. Indeed, it´s an inspiring experience to follow and to adapt to the local needs of other countries.

Do you know something about Portuguese or Spanish political strategy concerning crafts? What about France or other countries?