You might remember the founder of the Crafitivst Collective, Sarah Corbett from our profile on her last year, and we're happy to announce that she's launched an amazing new project to tackle world hunger! How, you ask? With an art installation made up of hundreds of stitched jigsaw puzzle pieces to be showcased in Manchester on March 1st 3013!
People’s History Museum,
Friday March 1st
Using the power of “craftivism" to encourage the public and the Government to join in tackling world hunger and child malnutrition.
MPs, local counsellors, craft bloggers such as Hilary Pullen of Craft Blog UK, and other celebrities of the craft world - including Knit the City founder ‘Deadly Knitshade’ and TV ‘manbroiderer’ Jamie ‘Mr X Stitch’ Chalmers - will attend the unveiling of the installation at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.
Craft lovers all over the country have been busy stitching words of encouragement and support as part of the Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project, which has been running in support of Save the Children’s campaign to tackle hunger.
It is the craft community’s way of showing the Government that world hunger is a subject close to their hearts and that they want to live in a world where everyone has enough food.
Members of the group have also stitched pieces to give to their MPs, asking them what they are going to do to support children affected by malnutrition in the world, and urging them to use their position to encourage the Prime Minister to put world hunger at the top of the agenda at the G8 summit, which takes place in the UK later this year.
Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett believes hunger and malnutrition are political problems, which need political solutions, and that the craft community can play a part.
She says: "Life is like a puzzle, it all seems a mess but when it gets finished it looks brilliant. This project aims to show that we are all connected and our actions make a difference. There is no one solution to the problem of injustice but we can all play a part in a movement for change. We are supporting Save the Children because, as well as being a conscious consumer, this is a vital time to effect long-term change through campaigning and meeting your MP. We can't miss this opportunity."
Save the Children, Campaigner, Annabel Taylor: “Last year 2 million children died of hunger, this is a tragedy because it is preventable; there is enough food in the world for everyone. We just need the political will to change this. We can change this injustice if we are part of the solution, if we all ask our MPs to act on this issue."