Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Craft Activism: Collaborative crafting as activism, the search for justice and the creation of emotional objects

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Craft Activism

Who this event is for

  • Everyone




This event explores crafting as a form of activism by setting it in its historical, social, and gendered context. Speakers will piece together the ways in which this craft gives the powerless a voice to seek justice, to publicise injustice, create identities, and memorialise victims. As well as investigating craftivism through time and place, collaborative crafters and their creations will be analysed to understand their power and legacy.

Three collaboratively crafted pieces: Two quilts and a textile panel will be exhibited as a focus for the day’s talks. 

Speakers/Contributors include:

  • Dr Richard Huggins, Principal Lecturer in Criminology, sociology and politics
  • Professor Joanne Begiato, historian of emotions, material culture and gender
  • Dr Sally Holloway, historian of emotional objects
  • Roxanne Ellis, Labour & Cooperative Councillor, founder of The Women’s Quilt
  • Professor Janet Read, expert on the human rights of disabled children and adults and their families
  • Dr Karen Nikkell, Visual Artist and lecturer on the history and theory of textiles
  • Dr Bridget Long, specialist in British Patchwork 1680-1820
  • Clare Goodall, Facilitator of the Ascott Martyrs Community Project and community mosaic projects with the Workers Educational Association