Before we ask other people to change their actions, behaviour or views we need to start by seeing if we need to change our ways too. That can be uncomfortable, which is why handicrafts can be a great, comforting tool to help us reflect deeply and critically whilst also crafting something that fits in with our values.
We are joined by designer, maker and founder of ‘The Visible Mending Programme’ Tom van Deijnen to talk through how he uses craft to help with his own inner activism and wear his convictions, hopefully helping you think about how you can be an everyday activist in your own way.
Your homework for this week is:
1. Listen to Sarah’s audio of her ‘crafterthoughts’ before you start creating your own crafterthoughts:
2. Then whilst listening to our Spotify playlist craft and share some of your own #crafterthoughts and your craft activity with us @craftivists @1215today – it could be darning a whole in a jumper, taping up an object in coloured tape or something else. Here’s the playlist: http://sptfy.com/crafterthoughts
2. Read this piece http://activism.wikia.com/wiki/Everyday_activism and then share on social media ways you do #everydayactivism to encourage others.
3. Draw a line from the beginning of an average day from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep. Mark chronologically the resources you use and if you can source them more ethically. From the bedsheets you wake up in, clothes you put on, water supplier, breakfast you eat, energy supplier, how you travel, the list goes on
More info mentioned in this video
+ Visible Mending = https://tomofholland.com/category/the-visible-mending-programme/
+ Clean energy suppliers = https://www.ecotricity.co.uk
+ Mindful Inner-Craftivism project = https://craftivist-collective.com/craftivist-footprint