Book Launch

Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance book launch and exhibition

This week long exhibition celebrates the launch of my first book, Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance: Making A Better World Through Craftivism.

The exhibition comprises of projects from the book including Knitted Protest Dolls, Yarn Bombing, Banners, Paste Ups, Stencils, Visible Mending, a ‘Wagga Quilt’, an historic style of Australian quilting, and more.

There will also be a number of craftivist workshops during the exhibition. Details below.

Copies of the book will be available for sale during the exhibition.

Exhibition Details:
Thursday 23rd August to Tuesday 28th August
The Burrow (formerly Aeso Studio), 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Exhibition: Free entry
Workshop tickets $20
Launch opening party, Thursday 23rd August, 6.30-8.30pm

Workshop Details:

Guerrilla Kindness

Guerrilla Kindness merges the concept of guerrilla art with the idea of random acts of kindness. It’s making small hand crafted artworks to leave around the streets of cities of the world for people to find and take; practising random acts of Guerrilla Kindness to lift people’s mood and make them happy.

We’ll be looking at street artists who use gifting in their practise, and how people are using acts of public craft to attempt to change their world. The world needs more moments of joy, more unexpected lovely things happening to people, more enveloping moments of beauty that catch your eye and your heart, even if only for a second.

If acts of road rage can create a ripple effect which sparks more road rage, surely acts of loveliness can ripple out too? During the workshop we’ll also be making our own works of Guerrilla Kindness, sewing felt cupcakes to leave around Melbourne. The sewing skills required are minimal, and all materials will be provided.

Date: Saturday, 25th August 12:30-2.00pm

Paper Pieced Hexie Quilt: Your History in Hexies

Do you have beloved clothes that are too old to wear anymore? Clothes so worn through at knees, elbows and bums that you can’t wear them but so saturated with history and memories that you can’t throw them out? Or did you inherit a relative’s stash of materials and not sure what to do with it?

In this class you’ll be taught to reuse these precious items to create beautiful hexie (hexagonal) quilts to hold the memories close while keeping warm.

We’ll be looking at the practice of quilting throughout the centuries, from the African American slaves who made quilts to hold their histories to the practical Wagga Wagga quilts of rural Australia. We’ll also examine where your clothes come from, who might have made them and why it’s important to make them last as long as possible.

Participants are encouraged to bring along old clothes or materials to use in their hexie quilts and the sewing skills required are minimal, and instructions, thread, needles and scissors will be provided.

During the class you’ll be taught how to sew hexies using the English ‘paper pieced’ method, how to join your hexies up and how to back your quilt. You’ll leave with a hexie flower such as the one pictured and the knowledge of how to make your own hexie quilt out of your old clothes and other scraps of materials. There’ll also be Sayraphim’s own work-in-progress hexie quilt comprised of materials precious to her which include old clothes, fabric from her late Nan’s stash and scraps from her various public art projects.

Whether you view yourself as a recycler, an upcycler, an activist or the keeper of your family history, this class cover everything you need to create your own Historic Hexie Quilt.

Date: Saturday 25 August, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Craftivist Cross Stitch

Craftivism is the practice of engaged creativity, especially regarding political or social causes. By using their creative energy to help make the world a better place, craftivists help bring about positive change via personalized activism. Craftivism allows practitioners to customize their particular skills to address particular causes. – Betsy Greer

In this workshop we’ll look at the growing worldwide craftivism movement, focusing on various projects that employed different types of crafts to spread their message. From anti-war cross stitch protests to personalizing your urban environment via sneaky guerrilla knitting, from raising awareness about the gender pay gap through baking to guerrilla mosaics protesting the death penalty in the US, craft can and has been utalised for almost every cause.

This workshop will explore the various ways people have used their chosen craft to spread their message and how you can promote causes you believe in through your favourite craft. You’ll be guided through designing and making your own small craftivist cross stitch on a cause of your choice.

If you can read a map or play Battleships you can cross stitch, and if you have a cause you’re passionate about, you can be a craftivist!

Date: Sunday, 26th August 12:30-2.00pm

Publicity: Eleanor Howlett (Sassy Red PR)

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