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About

Sayraphim Lothian is a public artist who utilises as many crafts as she can lay her hands on. She’s interested in craftivism and creative resistance in all its forms. Her main body of work revolves around kindness as a form of rebellion, craft as a form of subversion and games in public to overturn expected behaviours. She is inspired by street art, craft history and the rebellious in almost all its forms.

Lothian is the writer and host of Craftivism 101, a new tutorial series on the Youtube channel MonsterThinks, did her Masters thesis on Craftivism and wrote Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance: How to Make A Better World Through Craftivism, which is available in all good book stores or online though various retailers including Amazon.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in photography, a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching from La Trobe University and a Masters in Art in Public Space at RMIT, Melbourne.  She is currently in the pre-research phase of a PhD on educational youtube videos.

Publications
2018
Press, Clare Rise and Resist: How to Change the World Melbourne University Press
Lothian, Sayraphim Guerrilla Kindness and other acts of Creative resistance: Making a Better World Through Craftivism Mango Publishing
2015
Prain, Leanne Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles Arsenal Pulp
2014
Greer, Betsy Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism Arsenal Pulp
2010
Howell, Vickie, Craft Corps Lark Books
2009
Johnson, Garth 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse Quarry Books

Collections
2018
National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra (AUS) Dame Edna Everage Spider Cake Challenge and Dame Edna Everage history time, possums! (YouTube videos)
2014
Te Papa Museum, Wellington (NZ) Little Robbie (soft sculpture)
The Canterbury Museum, Christchurch (NZ) Little Ra (soft sculpture)
2013
National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra (AUS) New Games: Play in the UK (documentary)
2012
Trades Hall Archive (AUS) HERE (soft sculpture)
2011 
National Gallery of Victoria archive (AUS) 150 years (crocheted granny square)
2009
Museum of Modern Art Permanent Collection, New York (USA) The Afterlife Ball (digital print on card)
Monash Heart Art Collection, Melbourne (AUS) Contradictory Corresponding (digital print on canvas)
Monash Heart Art Collection, Melbourne (AUS) Big ol’ black steam train (embroidery on linen)

 

 

Image: Behind the scenes shot for Street Pests

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