Craftivism exhibition

craftivism at Make It shop 

   Contribute to our Craftivism exhibition  

  5-30 May 2017


  Join our craftivist drop-in 
  Saturday 27 May 2017, 11-4.30 

 chorlton arts festival logo
 In a world where we can be bombarded by negativity and gloom, Craftivism provides a positive, creative way to make our voices heard. Through the act of making, we can produce an object that speaks to others and, during its creation, gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our message. Whether we choose to express ourselves through embroidery or crochet, paper folding or painting, sculpture, knitting or photography, we can raise awareness of important issues peacefully and positively, and even with humour. And by giving away our crafts – either to a charity or as  a random gift, we enhance the love and kindness in the world – an important outcome in itself.

1. Contribute to the exhibition and be part of Chorlton Arts Festival:

  • Make a craft to raise awareness of an issue that you want people to know more about.
  • Create a positive message to share, for example through embroidery, cross-stitch, calligraphy or whatever other creative way you would like to express it.
  • Create a craft that you will then donate to a cause, for example a blanket for refugees or a crocheted octopus for premature babies; see links and examples available below.

Your creations don't need to be perfect - it's not a competition. Choose your craft form, and take the time to enjoy the process of making as much as the end product.

You are welcome to speak to us about any ideas you have - pop in the shop or email Danielle at
Please bring your contribution to the shop by the end of April if you can. The window will be up and running from Friday 5 May. 

This exhibition is co-curated with Jan Martin, an ecologist who aims to communicate ideas about sustainability and the environment through crafting (especially using local materials and supporting local producers). Do follow Jan's Snail of Happiness blog where she has been sharing her developing projects and inviting her blog followers to get involved.

2. Join the drop-in craftivist event on Saturday 27 May 11-4.30pm. Find out more here.

Read some examples of craftivism

Read the story about how the Craftivist Collective campaigned to encourage retailer Marks & Spencers to pay the living wage.

They have regular campaigns that you can join, as well as many Craftivism resources available on their website.

craftivists m&s campaign be-the-change-craftivist-collective

You Are So Very Beautiful
. An excercise in recognising the beauty in ourselves and others from Betsy Greer, the founder of Craftivism
you are so very beautiful craftivism book

The Pussy Hat Project was set up after Donald Trump's election with the idea of being worn by people attending the Women's March in Washington. Over 500,000 people attended on the day of his inauguration in January 2017. Many protestors wore pussyhats, handmade pink hats, as a symbol of solidarity. made in support and solidarity for women’s rights.

Find out more and knit, crochet or sew your own pussyhat here

 pussy-hat-knit  pussy hat

Get involved in charity crafting:
Here are a few examples of organisations in the UK that welcome crafting for their cause. If you know of an organisation you would like to see featured, please email details, including their online presence (eg website or social media page) to Danielle at

Sixty Million Trebles. Crocheting 36" by 36" blankets for refugees in the UK and overseas. Very friendly, inspiring Facebook group or online at
Octopus for a Premie. Crochet an octopus for a premature baby.
Knitted Knockers. Crochet or knit breast prostheses for women who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy
Twiddlemuffs are knitted, or crocheted, sensory muffs that have been found to give comfort to people with advanced dementia. Download our free Twiddlemuff pattern here. We can help distribute twiddlemuffs that you make via the Chorlton & Whalley Range Dementia Action Group
Other knitting projects. You'll find lots of different charity knitting patterns on the UK Handknitting website.
Knit for Peace. The Charities Advisory Trust matches knitters with good causes including hospitals, women’s refuges, refugee drop-in centres, prisons, community groups and hospices. 
Sewing. Here's a few sewing projects from Sew Crafty.

Read more about craftivism:
Crafivism, website run by founder Betsy Greer
The Craftivist Collective
Craft's History in Radical Protest