Craftivist Jigsaw 'I'm A Piece' project
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Join the Craftivist Collective in support of Save the Children's nutrition campaign
Be a part of crafty history this year and sew a puzzle piece to help prevent hunger across the world.
"We are all a piece of the puzzle creating change stitch by stitch"
Pioneers of the emerging contemporary craft movement launched an innovative new project at the end of 2012 urging the craft community and others to join them to create a giant jigsaw embroidered with provocative messages to support Save the Children's 'Race Against Hunger' campaign.
Graffiti knitting street artist, Deadly Knitshade, whose street art includes a Parliament Square phone box cosy and a giant upcycled squid, Hilary Pullen, writer of social media tip blog 'Craft Blog UK', and Mr X Stitch, an original manbroiderer, have joined the Craftivist Collective's Jigsaw Project, which runs until the end of February, joining the campaign to put hunger at the top of the agenda at the G8 this summer and encouraging us all to be part of the solution to tackle hunger, not part of the problem.
The project will create an art installation that can be put together in different ways at different locations with loose jigsaw pieces forming a trail enticing people to see the final artwork to raise awareness and show that the craft community wants the Government to use its power and influence as host of the 2013 G8 to tackle injustice. Each piece of the puzzle will be stitched with a message to remind us we can all improve the world and help fulfil its potential to be a more beautiful place for all.
There will be craft events across the country from Manchester to London, Cardiff and Brentwood and crafty activists are invited to do the project on their own with friends or set up their own event as well as spreading messages and images about the project through their social media platforms using #imapiece. The aim is that people make a jigsaw piece for the artwork, a piece for themselves to keep as a reminder to be part of the solution, and give a piece stitched with the words 'I'm a piece' to their MP to ask them to be the positive change they wish to see in the world.
The number of hungry children in the world has risen for the first time this decade. Sarah Corbett, who founded the Craftivist Collective, known for leaving mini protest banners in public spaces and for stitch-ins on trains, galleries and cafes across the UK, believes hunger and malnutrition are political problems, which need political solutions, and that the craft community can play a part. The G8 makes it possible to make a positive difference and she is thrilled to have three of the UK's most influential craft bloggers on board.
"Life is like a puzzle, it all seems a mess but when it gets finished it looks brilliant. This project aims to show that we are all connected and our actions make a difference. There is no one solution to the problem of injustice but we can all play a part in a movement for change. We are supporting Save the Children because, as well as being a conscious consumer, this is a vital time to effect long-term change through campaigning and meeting your MP. We can't miss this opportunity."
"With this project we can all play a part in creating a beautiful world and supporting Save the Children's 'Race Against Hunger' campaign. All children deserve a good start in life whether they're in Sudan, Seattle, Stockholm or Southampton. Nutrition gives all children the chance to fulfil their potential. There's more than enough food for everybody, but the way we grow and share our food doesn't work. That's not fair play and it doesn't have to be this way."
Malnutrition means children achieve less at school and their productivity and health in adult life is affected, resulting in dire financial costs for entire countries. Climate change, volatile food prices, economic uncertainty and demographic shifts are putting future progress on tackling malnutrition at risk.
Simple actions such as buying local, using food co-operatives, growing your own, reducing your carbon footprint and buying Fair Trade, can all make a difference around the world, and raising awareness and talking to MPs about the issues can effect change in Government policy on problems such as food prices spikes, land and biofuels.
Traditional forms of activism tend to be quickly signing petitions, going on marches or being part of stunts. Craft is a time for reflection and craftivism (craft + activism) encourages you to slow down and think about issues of social injustice and express your views in a positive, non-threatening way with lots of encouragement. The Craftivist Collective aims to build a movement for social change in a reflective, personal and positive way.
To join the campaign all you need to do is sew a puzzle piece to help create the huge art installation that will help raise awareness of the issues of world hunger and injustice. Everything you need to start getting crafty is right here
Send yours and your friend's finished puzzle pieces by the end of February 2013 to:
Find out more about Craftivism and the Craftivist Collective at: craftivist-collective.com
You can find out more about Save the Children's Race Against Hunger Campaign here: savethechildren.org.uk