2013 – our craftivism and campaiging highlights

Capture 2013

It’s the start of a new year, and only a hop, skip and a jump away until 24 February when our crocheted masks are installed in Manchester town hall. While we’re putting the final touches to our project, we’d thought we’d look back on the events and debates of the past 12 months that we found particularly inspiring.

2013 saw some great campaigning work on issues around how women are represented in society.

Efforts to counter the objectification of women gained momentum and media coverage, notably No More Page 3 (have you signed the petition yet?!); Lose the lads mags; and the Everyday Sexism Project. Caroline Criado-Perez’s The Women’s Room set about challenging the media’s poor track record in using women ‘experts’; and her banknotes campaign drew attention to another area with a poor gender ratio.

The centenary of the death of suffragette Emily Wilding sparked renewed interest in the cause she died for, and provoked debate on how her life should be commemorated.

We loved performance artist Bryony Kimmings’ Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model.  Palaeontologist pop star Catherine Bennett challenges the one-dimensional, sexualized idea of femininity promoted by the mainstream pop industry.

2013 also saw some exciting events in the world of craft activism.

Created in partnership with Save the Children, the Craftivist Collective’s #imapiece jigsaw installation at Manchester People’s History Museum urged G8 leaders to take action on hunger.

Shoreditch Sisters amazing patchwork vulva quilt hit the headlines, raising awareness of the horrors of Female Genital Mutilation.

The wonderful Little Book of Craftivism was published; and the V&A hosted the sell out Subversive Stitch Revisited conference.

We’re now raring to go with our craftivist exhibition celebrating the lives of eight amazing Mancunian women, and the marvellous medium of craft.

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