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Of course technology has played a big part in Sarah’s success as a Craftivist. It’s helped her to build the huge global community she has today, spreading awareness of campaigns and even inspiring other Craftivist groups to pop up organically across the world. But she is quick to stress that the cause should come first, and social media second, warning that it can be “a distraction and not always useful”.
While some of the creations made by Craftivists are shared online, Sarah is also mindful that activists can overshare. Much of the Craftivist Collective’s work is about building up trust with decision makers, leading with compassion and understanding the point of view you are in opposition to. Sarah remarks:
“With anything, we have to make sure that our motives are clear. We’re targeting people who disagree with us and we are trying to change something that's currently in place and is unjust, so we need to be really careful not to look like we're doing stuff just to blame or bully people.”
Sarah believes Craftivism needn’t be a replacement for activism, it’s just another thing you can do to make a difference, which just so happens to also be great for your mental wellbeing. A form of activism you can physically feel making a difference. In Sarah’s words:
“Craftivism is a really useful tool in the activists toolkit but it should be used for certain causes and not others. We should absolutely still go on lots of marches and sign lots of petitions. But I think Craftivism has strengths that can complement other techniques and campaigns.”
So why not give it a go? Log off, pick up a sewing needle and master the art of gentle protest. You can get started with your very own Craftivist kit, or if you’d like to read more about Sarah’s work, you find out more here.
Photos by Craftivist Collective