This post is challenging to write- but that’s because I know it will alienate some of you.
I hope that if my politics don’t line up with yours, that’s ok. We can still be crafty friends! I have lots of friends all up and down the political and religious scale, and we co-exist just fine.
But here’s the thing- I’m not apologizing for being liberal, or using my crafts to share my views.
And neither should you.
I encourage you to do the same- liberal, conservative, whatever. Crafters- especially women- have used our crafting to express our politics, going wayyyy back to when women didn’t have the right to vote. (Quilting is the perfect example- this article will lead you down a rabbit hole!)
So it’s in this spirit that I’m sharing a few “Craftivism” crafts… ones that are hand-made expressions of political views.
Now let’s dig in. I shared by Resin Pride craft last weekend, and today I’m happy to share a few more Craftivism projects!
My pal Carmi Cimicata came up with a simple Rainbow Pin. These are a take on a craft we did when I was a teenager!
And another gal pal Haley from Red Handled Scissors came up with a cross stitch that really speaks to me:
…and Haley provides a down-loadable PDF of that pattern, too!
I also make a Patriotic Pin from polymer clay last year- again, mine has a safety pin- but you can trick out yours any way you like.
And are you interested in a different twist? Catherine from Resin Obsession is crafting up PET HAIR BEADS-– yes, you read that right- as a way of being a “craftivist!” She is making a donation to Operation Catnip if you share your pics. (Hey, it’s out there, but to each his own!)
So… at the end of the day (and at this post) I would love for your to take one important message away: YOU HAVE A VOICE. And at least for now, our Constitution protects that voice. You right to expression MATTERS- artistically and politically. Use it often and well.
One last thing- I welcome comments. You have a right to express yourself here, too. But any comment that is hateful, abusive, vulgar, vile or MEAN is just not ok. And when in doubt, Kindergarten rules apply: If you don’t have something nice to say, it’s often better to say nothing at all. If you’d like to join to join our Compassional Craftivism group on Facebook (which is moderated) click here. Craft on, friends!
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