On Tuesday evening, I headed over to the Living and Giving shop in Chalk Farm for the launch of the Craftivist Jigsaw Project, I’m A Piece, a collaboration between Save the Children and the Craftivist Collective to end world hunger.
In the very pretty surroundings of the shop, a group of crafty folk gathered to hear all about this ambitious project from the core team behind it; Deadly Knitshade, Mr X Stitch and Hilary from Craft Blog UK.
We were treated to some seriously amazing cupcakes…
And admired the quirky displays all around us…
Including a dress fit for a Jubilee!
Before getting down to the serious stitching business. Building up to Britain’s hosting of the G8 next year, the plan is to raise awareness of global hunger, lobby the government to take action, and to encourage people to feel that they can be part of the solution. Crafters are being asked to sew fabric jigsaw pieces, embroidered with provocative, positive, messages. The pieces will then be assembled into a giant jigsaw installation. You’re also encouraged to sew a jigsaw piece to send to your MP, and to sew one for yourself, as a reminder of the power of craft and collective purpose.
Sometimes it can feel that the world’s problems are just too big to be solved, especially by little old me and my humble crafty skills. But, as one of my favourite quotations points out, it only takes a small group of committed people to truly change the world. I did some recording at the event, and I’ll be talking about this more on the next episode of the podcast, so watch this space!
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