Craftism has been around a long, long time. 100 years ago hand made banners played a huge part in the Peterloo rebellion. You can see some examples of this type of craftism in the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
Us at Mytholmroyd Arts Festival HQ remember with fondness and sadness the AIDS Quilt of the 1980s, where each panel celebrated the life of someone who had died of AIDS, but also served as a focus of protest.
In the last few years, the number of people doing crafts has surged and Craftivism has become a big deal again, according to a report in Sunday’s Observer. The article contains some great stories of the impact Craftism has had – for example persuading bosses at M&S to adopt a minimum wage policy.
Fabric and sewing have always had an important part to play in Calderdale. We love a good bit of cross stitch, here at MAF HQ, and one of the workshops at the 2019 festival is going to be devoted to Craftivism. So if we have raised your interest, look out for information about our workshop programme which will be available soon. Watch this space…