Tuesday, May 09, 2006

knitting and activism

The concept of knitting and activism is a fresh and exciting one. Some groups have been formed with the idea of making an impact in society by way of knitting. With this renewed interest on knitting as an art and/or craft activity in recent years, a bunch of communities have sprung to life and ventured creatively in this "soft" medium while trying to make a statement.

The potential of knitting as an activist tool or act has been making its presence felt in local scenes as well as online. Here we present some of the notable groups who are making a difference:

Anarchist Knitting Mob is a loose collective of knitters around New York City. We got in touch with them early on this project, and our idea was actually a spin-off of one of theirs. For their last project, they made more than a hundred hats for premature babies and donated the lot to a local hospital.



"The knitting circle is a constructive revolution", said the Revolutionary Knitting Circle, based in Canada, with local affiliates across the United States. "We are creating community and local independence which, in this corporate society, is a truly revolutionary act."

"Protest and dissent comes in many different forms" is the catch-phrase of craftivism.com, a (you guessed it) website dedicated to craft+activism. Based on the posting of the site's author last week - "...craftivism is more than just a way to express your politics and views, it's about finding a way to better your life and that of others through creative endeavors. Because I believe that everything we make with our hands has power. Just what that power is, is your own decision."
There are a lot of nice ideas and writings about the topic on this website, so please click here to read more.

microRevolt's projects investigate the dawn of sweatshops in early industrial capitalism to inform the current crisis of global expansion and the feminization of labor. One of their projects was featured in
we-make-money-not-art.

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You could add Polychromatic Purlers on there as a knitting activist group. We knit to raise awareness on the issue of child abuse. :)

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