The hugely inspiring Betsy Greer is writing a book and needs your help!
Betsy coined the term Craftivism... activism + craft = craftivism.
This is the message she sent me - if you'd like to respond please
1. contact her via her website www.craftivism.com
2. or post a comment to this post with your answers and I'll pass them on...
So…I’m writing a book! And the manuscript is due in a few months! Yikes!
It’s about how to use craft (knitting specifically) for the greater good
in the context of the personal, the community and the global.
I’m really excited about this project and thought I’d send an email out
with some questions that I’ve been looking for answers to. Below is a
short list of the kinds of things I’m looking for, and even further down
is a set of questions pertaining to craft and knitting.
If you knit I have some questions for you. If you don’t knit, feel free to
post freely/pass this along to anyone who does OR answer the questions replacing the word “craft” for “knitting!” I know I could use one of those fancy survey thingies, but by putting the questions in email format, then people can write as much or as little as they want to.
I’m in the middle of researching all of this, and am looking for people to interview. Some of you I may contact individually, but one thing I’ve found out with this is that pretty much everyone has a story to add even if they don’t knit.
I’m currently looking for:
*stories that relate to the knitting experience/craft and the conversation it can facilitate
*historical and international examples of radical knitting/crafting for a
*patterns that can be used for protest/charitable donations
You’re more than welcome to pass this along to anyone and everyone, and as always, I’d love to hear your stories and ideas of whom I could contact/where I should look for resources that may be more hidden than, say, Google or the library.
Hope all is well, and thank you for reading this far.
1. Who taught you to knit? How old were you?
2. Why did you want to learn?
3. Do you ever knit anything for charity?
4. If yes, why and which organizations?
5. If yes, how did you find out about the charity?
6. Did you knit for a charity in your local area, your country or for
7. What influenced you to donate?
8. Would you do it again? If no, why?
9. Has the experienced changed the way you think about things?
10. Is there a cause you’d think needs to have handmade donations? If so,
what is the cause and what would you make?
11. Can I use your name and/or website/publication title in the book? Or
do you wish to remain anonymous/under a pseudonym? If yes, how should I
refer to you?