So, fired up by the Mumsnet “We Believe You” campaign I decided to take my first foray into craftivism, using craft to promote a socio-political message. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I’ve found it hard to get fired about anything. I mean, I can get faux-fired up about things, and off course there is plenty in the news to get worked up about, but my political knowledge is limited, and world events aren’t often at the top of my priority list.

 

But when I read about campaigns like the “We Believe You” and am reminded about the awful abuses people I know have faced, the embers start to stir a little.

 

I knocked a couple of things up in the space of last night and this morning. Now, normally I am in total awe of most of the crafters and artists I read about online, and what they manage to achieve. Today was my day at home with Iris, and because I have been feeling a little under the weather and running on empty my lovely husband spent the past 2 days emptying the laundry basket, cleaning the house, and making lasagne so that I don’t have to do anything except stop the baby from killing herself for two days and the go on the school run. So with that and the help of Peppa Pig I managed to produce a couple of craftivist pieces.

 

The first one is inspired by the mini protest banners developed by the Craftivist Collective:

More than 80% of women who are raped know their attacker*. Putting these out tonight was a bit of a whim, I drove until I found somewhere to put it. I chose a fence just outside the University campus. I have no research to back this up, but my gut instinct say that University students are pretty vulnerable to sexual attack. Young, sometimes naive adults, with their first taste of freedom, finding their way in the world, coupled with copious amounts of alcohol, close living quarters are almost a perfect storm for sexual exploitation.

 

Outside the University campus

 

The next one I fear hasn’t quite met it’s potential…

 

Laid out flat it looks cool, but I ended up dumping and running with this one. I drove into the nearby city which I rarely go to because I used to live in the nearby town which I ‘naice’ and the city is not. But the city is now closer and I should really get used to that rather than schlepping 6 miles into Naice Town. I parked my car at the station without paying for a ticket as it was 7pm and I thought I’d chance my luck, but already I was nervous. This was a difficult one too as I had no idea where this yarn bomb would fit so I just picked a post that I thought was suitable and got sewing, conscious of the men standing outside the nearby pub. I wonder if I will ever not feel stupid doing this?! But here is is anyway:

 

Well, if one person reads it and checks out the hash tag then it has served it’s purpose. Maybe I can inspire some other people to give this craftivism thing a crack. The stupid feeling only lasts about 3 minutes!

 

*Investigating and detecting recorded offences of rape. Home Office, 2007

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “My first venture into craftivism for the We Believe You campaign

  1. I think this might be a great way of drawing attention to this. we all see posters, etc all the time with various messages and most of it washes over us. But this is something different that is bound to draw attention and that has to be a good thing.

  2. This is brilliant!🙂 If you ever do any more we can send you a little Craftivist Collective label to sew on it. That way people can Google CC, read a blog about your banner (if you email us a photo and blog) and learn more about the campaign. Plus we can tweet and facebook your blog so even more people read about your craftivism action and most of all read more about the issue.

    Well done again, brilliant!🙂
    Sarah x

  3. I find this a difficult subject at the moment. Up until about 4 months ago I would have 100% backed the “we believe you” campaign as I honestly would’ve believed any woman reporting a rape. That was up until my ex sister-in-law reported that my brother had both raped and attempted to rape her. Now, if I were an outsider reading that I would probably think, “there’s no smoke without f

    1. Fire and that is true but sometimes its the man who is the victim of a false accusation. Before now I would have always took the word of someone reporting such a horrific crime as you just don’t lie about something so serious. Unfortunately, my brother has been on the other side and that has made me question my beliefs and values. Most of all, it makes me feel sorry for the poor women who have genuinely been raped and aren’t believed because of stupid people like this……….

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