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Could craft save the world? 

Crafting is a growing movement worldwide. Image: ©RitaPlatts

Social change could be brought about through craft, the founder of the Craftivist Collective will suggest at a talk in London on Wednesday.

Sarah Corbett will discuss the growing global movement of crafters, and explain why she believes crafty actions can change the world at an event hosted by fashion reuse charity TRAID as part of their #TRAIDtalks series of discussions.

Corbett describes ‘craftivism’ as a “gentle, respectful and more targeted plea of social change”.  She will share the benefits and stories of Craftivism, explain how communities of activism can be built through craft, and how we can harness people’s creativity and hobbies to draw attention to social injustices and bring about positive change. 

Craftivist Collective was founded in 2009 when after years of marches, signing protests and working on campaigns for large charities, activist Corbett had begun to doubt the effects of some conventional activism. The time felt right for a different, less aggressive approach, she said. Her own brand of ‘craftivism’ focuses on putting the contemplative moments spent stitching to work exploring global issues. This way, craft can be used for critical thinking, questioning and considered creative activism, she says.

#TRAIDtalks gives speakers a forum to debate different aspects of sustainability, while “galvanising communities to embrace a more sustainable life”. 

The talk will take place at TRAID Dalston in Kingsland High Street, north London, from 6.30pm. A minimum suggested donation is £5 and all proceeds will go directly to a TRAID-funded project with ChildHope supporting the children of garment workers with day-care, nutrition and education in Bangladesh.

Booking is essential. Book through Eventbrite here

By Lucy

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