The art of protest and craft-cultivated connections

Effective protesting for activist Sarah Corbett: pretty, non-threatening scenarios – picnics and cupcakes, or handkerchiefs embroidered with the truth – to engage and draw people in, allowing the conversation to begin.

Craft: invaluable tool to bring people together, encourage them to connect and to encourage close listening. This connection can then be used to ask difficult questions and encourage change. By working collaboratively on something like a stitched project, eye contact is restricted and a safe space for free dialogue created.

Notes from the talk, Eye of the Needle: Art, Stitch, Partnerships and Protest,  at the British Library,  13/7/2015

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