This has been on my ‘to-do’ list for ages. But I have finally done it!
For those of you who have never heard of it, here is a bit of background info:
The Craftivist Collective are a group of crafters on a mission!
Their manifesto is: “To expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art. This will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions.”
One of their current projects is the #imapiece Jigsaw Project, (imapiece, as in I’m a piece) urging the crafting community to help create a giant jigsaw embroidered with support for Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign.
The idea is that you make a jigsaw piece from fabric, and then choose a message or slogan to embroider onto it. You send one in to the project, and then send one to your MP, and if you are feeling really keen, you can make a third one to keep for yourself!
The jigsaw pieces will then create an art installation to raise awareness of the issues of world hunger and injustice.
I have lifted this bit from the website as it explains it very well! “The aim is to raise awareness and show that the craft community wants the Government to use its power and influence as host of the 2013 G8to tackle injustice. Each piece of the puzzle will be stitched with a message to remind us we can all improve the world and help fulfill its potential to be a more beautiful place for all.”
There are lots of events running up and down the country where you can get involved, and have a good old natter and meet some lovely people, all at the same time. Or you can arrange an imapiece party in your own home, or you can do what I did, and just squeeze it in whenever you get a minute!
It is really very easy. All the information you need is on the website, including instructions, a template to print out to make your jigsaw pieces, suggestions of messages you might like to embroider, and even instructions for basic embroidery stitches.
So this is what you need:
I was initially quite ambitious, and the messages I chose were:
- Live simply so that others can simply live
- I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples
And I wrote them on to my fabric pieces, and started embroidering before realising that my very novice embroidery skills were really not up to this length of this message, and that I would need to be more succinct if I wanted the end result to be legible…
So this is what I came up with:
I chose the slogan “make it better…” and I am very pleased with myself as I feel it works on many levels:
- make it better, as in making something, and learning to do it better
- make it better, as in mending something
- make it better, as in making IT (the world, your community, anything you like really!) better
How clever is that?!
I am going to adopt it as my twitter hashtag (see, I am down with the kids…)
Anyway, enough self-congratulation, this is all about the #imapiece project, and getting involved to help with the Race Against Hunger campaign.
Because every year 2.3 million children die because they don’t get enough of the right food.
Now if that isn’t worth setting aside an hour or two to do a bit of gentle crafting, I don’t know what is.
PS. I am a little late to the party with this one, and I think you need to submit your pieces by the 21st February for inclusion in the installation. But I still reckon it can be done if you set aside an evening this week!