Thursday, 24 September 2009

Craftivist Collective...a date for your diary!

here is a fab event by a few friends of ours...

Protest Banner Making workshop by the Craftivist Collective @Spitalfields City Farm

Saturday, October 3rd, 2010, 12-2pm
Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London, E1 5AR
(between Brick Lane and Vallance Road, beside Allen Gardens)

A collaboration between the Craftivist Collective the Farm's 3Rs Arts n Crafts group
Think of a word, a fact, a quote, a symbol that makes you stop, stand back and think about the world slightly differently if only for a moment. Then, get out a needle and thread and cross stitch this inspiration onto a scrap of material. Tie it onto a lamp-post, walk on and let nature take its course:

Craft + Activism = Craftivsm

Allow yourself to feel free to expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art. As a group and individuals Craftivists do this through provocative, non-violent creative actions.

Bring along friends and family and spend two hours on a Saturday afternoon chilling out at Spitalfields City Farm, surrounded by plants and animals whilst chatting to like-minded people and creating your own mini protest banners on environmental issues to put up around the Farm.....What more could you want to do?!

The Craftivist Collective is a new group set up to expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art, through provocative, non-violent creative actions.

The aim of the Craftivist Collective is to join forces with people who care about the issues above and want to do something about them. You don't have to be creative or an experienced campaigner. They work together on projects to make people more aware of injustices in the world and encourage them to act to make the world a better place.

Spitalfields City Farm is the nearest city farm to the square mile. Despite this, the farm is located in one of the most deprived and densely populated wards of Tower Hamlets (DOE 1996), although Spitalfields remains a vibrant and colourful multi-cultural area with strong community links.

The farm is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, managed by a voluntary management committee drawn from its membership and elected annually.
Receiving over 18,000 visitors a year and spread over 1.3 acres of land owned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Railtrack. The farm keeps a selection of farm animals and has developed growing areas in every available space.
Using the principles of Reduce Reuse Recycle, Spitalfields City Farm runs a fortnightly 3Rs Arts N Crafts group. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month to share the projects they've made, talk about where they've got stuck, and to pick each others brains about what to do next. Sewing machine and coffee/tea making facilities available.
If you love making things, want to reduce your environmental impact and like the idea of hanging out at a city farm too, then this is the group for you!

For more info on the protest banner workshop, please contact:
Naomi at Spitalfields City Farm on or 020 7247 8762
Sarah Corbett at the Craftivist Collective on or 07969623446

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