As the title suggests, this presentation will cover craftivist acts in parts of the world that do not natively speak English. When I first started writing about craftivism in 2003, I did so to expose the work that people were making in the intersection between craft and activism without media attention. The quiet work that people were doing in their own communities to foment change both enlivened and emboldened me. It also had me ask myself, what is more important, the work itself or the reaction it brings?
Betsy Greer is a writer, maker, and researcher who received her MA in Sociology from Goldsmiths in 2004. Her first book,
Knitting for Good!, was published by Roost Books in 2008 and a craftivism anthology, Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism, featuring 33 craftivist voices, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in spring 2014. She lives in the Washington DC Metro area with a fluffy cat named Bobbin and more craft supplies than should be allowed.