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Craftivism

Craft, Podcast

Citizens of Craft

I’m honoured to be a guest speaker on Episode 1, Season 2 of Citizens of Craft podcast, between craft luminaries Leo Kowolik, editor of Studio Magazine, and Sage Paul, Indigenous fashion designer.

Between their interviews, I spoke with podcast host Maegen Black on my own craft history, my books, yarn bombing, and what we can learn about craft when we learn to use hand skills into our everyday lives.

Citizens of Craft brings together the voices of craft artists, curators, educators and collectors who speak off the cuff about craft practice and its role in their lives. Check out and become part of the movement by signing the Citizens of Craft Manifesto in solidarity.

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Creativity, Interventions, Quote, Resist

Using Art to Resist

“A reminder that all acts of making are by their very definition acts of resistance, and they are political. Even if you don’t think so.” — Karie Westerman

Creative Resistance Resources

Book Tour, Books, Events, Workshop, Writing Life

Book Tour Announced!

I’m thrilled to announce the details of my fall book tour with fellow authors Betsy Greer and Kim Werker.

Our brilliant publishers Arsenal Pulp Press & Sasquatch Books have partnered to send us on an incredible fall tour where we’ll visit 12 venues in eight different cities across the US & Canada. We’ll be participating in panels on craft, creativity, design and activism, and we’ll also be teaching hands-on workshops. In our workshops, we’ll be doing somewhat of a crafting ’round-robin’ and for my portion, I’ll be teaching story techniques for artists of all kinds, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.

I have to say that I’m in somewhat disbelief that this tour has come together is such a cohesive way. It had germinated as a half-thought that I had scratched onto a scrap of paper while working late at the night on a draft of my book, “Talk to Betsy and Kim about going on a book tour.”

A few weeks after, I shyly mentioned the idea to Kim while meeting for sushi and she responded enthusiastically. Now, six months later, we actually have a tour schedule with an amazing roster of designers, curators, and artists as hosts. We’re all amazed at how this has come together.

Here’s the nitty-gritty of our tour:

Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism

Betsy Greer will tour in support of Craftivism: The Art & Craft of Activism (Published May 2014). Leanne Prain will share Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (Forthcoming October 2014). Kim Werker will tour in support of Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty (Forthcoming September 2014).

As event times are confirmed, I’ll be updating details on the Upcoming Events page of my website. In addition to my travels with Betsy and Kim, I’ll be participating in additional events on my own in Vancouver, Courtenay, and Seattle and they’ll be listed there as soon as I confirm with the venues.