Book details

Crafting Change

Handmade Activism, Past and Present

Author: Jessica Vitkus

Crafting Change

Crafting Change

$24.99

About This Book

An informative and inspiring exploration of craftivism — the intersection of handicraft and activism — designed to encourage young creators while providing meaningful historical context.

Page Count
208
On Sale
10/18/2022
Age Range
12-18

Book Details

An informative and inspiring exploration of craftivism — the intersection of handicraft and activism — designed to encourage young creators while providing meaningful historical context.

You don’t have to be old enough to vote to drive political change.

In Crafting Change, author, TV producer, and craftivist Jessica Vitkus explores the rich lineage of craftivism, with profiles of craftivisit icons, many of whom are women and people of color. This YA non-fiction book shines a light on artist-driven projects like This Is Not a Gun – workshops where people sculpt objects the police have mistaken for a gun in fatal shootings -- alongside creative movements that mobilized entire communities, like the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Pussyhat project for the 2017 Women’s March. This engaging narrative combines compelling artist interviews with full-color photos of creators and crafts alike.

A perfect book for teens who want to channel their creativity into political action, with ideas for simple projects sure to appeal to budding craftivists.

Imprint Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN

9780374313326

In The News

"For young people angry, frustrated, and wanting to take action against national crises, Vitkus offers creative ways to make a difference while having fun that can be summed up in one word: craftivism...Whether introducing modern or historical craftivists, Vitkus explains the societal issue driving each craft and related controversies (e.g., racism within early women’s sewing circles) in a direct, conversational style that speaks to, not at, teen readers. Emphasizing enjoyment and process over professional products, she concludes with helpful tips and easy-to-start projects. At once fascinating, thought provoking, and inspiring." —Booklist, starred review

"Profiling a variety of makers, craftspeople who use their creations to get their messages out, this bright, well-illustrated book encourages readers to try their hands at craftivism...The subjects are broadly diverse, and their passions connect to a range of social issues, so most readers will both feel included and learn something new...Expansive, inclusive, and motivating." —Kirkus Reviews

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Crafting Change

Crafting Change

$24.99