UW Green Bay Lawton Gallery: Craftivism Installation – crocheted Chanel Bag by Stephanie Syjuco (photo by Faythe Levine)
Do you know about craftivism? Craftivism is the growing movement of artists, designers, and crafters making a mark on society through their creative work. Although art has always had roots in social motivation, because it is often separated from our daily lives, art seems to not have the same ability to illicit change that craft does.
In this case, I’m defining craft as art that is one with our daily lives. [think: wearable art!] Craftivists see their work as being functional and making a statement, whether it is in favor of a particular political movement, a return to handmade, or a statement against the mass-produced and over-rated.
Etsy has a whole column on its blog, the Storque, devoted to cataloging craftivism in its community.
Elsewhere, there’s a whole site devoted to craftivism!
And don’t forget to check out Steel Pony’s contribution to craftivism: the Pony Project.