Sunday, 5 February 2012

Lets hijack valentines!

A giant love letter has elegantly floated into Fabrications window this month in time for Valentines day. It is stopping passers by in their tracks, my favorite reaction was 2 small boys who stood, pointed and smiled lots. They ran off and brought back their parents to read it - brilliant! Keep recruiting boys!!

Originally created by Sarah Corbett (founder of the Craftivist Colective) for a public craftivism workshop during Tracy Emin's 'Love is what you want' show at the Hayward Gallery last summer. The letter and workshop urged participants to "show their love through action to their global neighbour struggling in this unjust world". Participants pledged different acts of love they would carry out locally or globally by writing down their action on a luggage label.
This giant letter has become a chain letter, having recently travelled back from independent bookshop's window 'News from Nowhere' window in Liverpool and now is at Fabrications urging passers by to stop, think and act!

It has also been a great display that promotes 2 special craftivism events, we are hosting here:

This Thursday 9th February, 6 - 9pm:
Open studio and 'Hijacking valentines preparation session'.
All are welcome to join the London craftivists in this fun and friendly session in creating valentine's cards and crafted gifts which will be left out in the street in various nooks and crannies to be found by unsuspecting members of the public, beautiful and gentle reminders to 'show some love'. You don't need to be in a relationship to receive one of these!

Image courtesy of Sarah Corbett

During the evening you will also be able to meet Sarah Corbett, a real inspiration and a very friendly lady! She is running a
'mini protest banner making' workshop at Fabrications on
Sunday 19th March
, 2 - 4.30pm which focuses on the history of craftivism, it's benefits and how it can create change through thought provoking, non threatening, crafty action. She will also be teaching practical skills in how to interpret text and design in cross stitch and embroidery to create slogans with impact. If you're interested in attending please contact us to book in!

Image courtesy of Sarah Corbett


Lynda Howells said...

Great blog the letter.Quick question...can anyone use this letter in their Art shop..or do we have to get permission? Think it is great.xxthanks for sharing this.x

Fabrications said...

Dear Lynda, Thankyou for your comment! Yes the letter is excellent. Do you hasve an art shop? It is Sarah Corbett's design, I'm sure she would be open to it being displayed in other windows. There is a link to the Craftivist Collective's website in the post, if you'd like to make contact with Sarah to discuss this! Best Wishes x

Lynda Howells said...

Just seen this reply..thanksx I don't have a shop but l am just opening a studio/workshops in Putney (Artyfizz). Just loved the letter..thanks for info. You are welcome to visit anytime. we artists must stick together!xxLynda