We love how all handmade objects make a statement. Many times that statement is about love, generosity, or creativity, but some crafters are taking the expressive nature of their skills to another level. By using their craft to share political opinions, make a comment about society, or take a stand on specific issues, knitters and crocheters are making their voices heard.
Writer Betsy Greer coined the term “craftivism” back in 2003, explaining that, “craftivism is the practice of engaged creativity, especially regarding political or social causes.” While her book, “Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change, Stitch by Stitch,” definitely spread the word about this idea, people have been expressing their opinions and helping to shape the world through craft for many years.
The roots of craftivism go deep into our history (think about Betsy Ross!), and we continue to be inspired by the variety of ways people express themselves through craft. Crafting gives us a surprising amount power because its beauty and appeal encourages others to look closer and examine what each piece is all about.
What statements to your handmade items make? Whether they are meaningful yarn bombs, thoughtful gifts, beautiful garments, or selfless projects made for charity, we can’t deny that knitting and crocheting give us another wonderful outlet to express ourselves.