Personal Essay: Stitching It Together

Craftivism Cover

I have a personal essay on embroidery and community called Stitching It Together for Betsy Greer‘s anthology Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism.

Without giving away too much, the essay explores my experience of teaching craft, the value that I see in doing so, and how I believe that communities can come together around making.

I feel honoured to be included in a book that really is a snapshot of the current craftivism movement. My favourite parts of the book include an essay called Don’t Get Angry, Get Cross-Stitch by Jamie Chalmers, the beloved Mr. X Stitch; and an interview with Maria Molteni of NCAA New Works, a fibre artist that makes nets for forlorn basketball hoops;  and an essay by filmmaker Faythe Levine (the brains behind Handmade Nation and more recently, the Sign Painters movie) on craft as a method of empowerment.

This is truly a wonderful collection of writing, and I’d recommend it even if I wasn’t involved in the project.

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