Crafting Dissent, Crafting Democracy: A Storied Tradition

Fri Mar 13, 1pm
Presented by: Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Tickets · $6-20
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What purpose can craft activism serve as an agent of social change? Why do people choose craft as a means to channel their activism, and how has that changed over time? Can craft as activism actually move the needle forward on social progress? Or is it more commentary than activism? These are the questions that editor, writer and maker Hinda Mandell will answer in her talk “Crafting Dissent, Crafting Democracy: A Storied Tradition.” Her talk is based on the book she edited, Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). It’s the first book that demonstrates how craft, typically involving the manipulation of yarn, thread and fabric, has also been used as a subversive tool throughout history and up to the present day, to push back against government policy and social norms that crafters perceive to be harmful to them, their bodies, their families, their ideals relating to equality and human rights, and their aspirations. At the heart of the talk and book is an exploration for how craft is used by citizens to engage with the rhetoric and policy shaping their country’s public sphere. Ultimately, the talk will celebrate the power of craft as a change-agent and as a political tool – and ideas from the audience are most welcome!

All Woodlawn Needlework Show Artist Talks are free with a paid ticket to the show on the day they are talking place - there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

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