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Craftivist Collective founder launches School of Gentle Protest to help people become more effective and kind activists

A new YouTube web series has been created to help individuals and groups tackle prejudice, injustice, corruption and inequality wherever they see it – without resorting to aggression and hostility.

In these challenging and uncertain times, more people than ever are looking to take a stand for what they believe in. But many feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start, while others often have good intentions but are taking action without a careful strategy.

The School of Gentle Protest will cover lots of issues such as how to challenge a friend or stranger who has said something harmful, how to campaign by encouraging people in positions of power and becoming their critical friend rather than an aggressive enemy, how to attract and intrigue people to join your protest rather than force your message onto them, and much more.

Participants in the School of Gentle Protest will get access to weekly vlogs featuring the likes of Orsola de Castro (Co-Founder of Fashion Revolution), JP Flintoff (Co-Founder of School of Life), Catherine Howarth (CEO of Share Action) and Tom Baker (Head of Mobilisation at Save the Children UK). There will also be ‘homework’ that will be enjoyable and question your thinking; things like films to watch and activities to do and offline events to attend. There will be an event in Lincoln, home of Magna Carta, at the start of Fashion Revolution Week on Monday 24 April

The School of Gentle Protest is being launched on 20th March by Sarah Corbett, founder of Craftivist Collective, in collaboration with www.1215.today, a project inspired by the Magna Carta which encourages discovery and debate around human rights. Sarah will deliver six weeks of the school curriculum online during her virtual artist-in-residence with www.1215.today.

The daughter of a political councillor and vicar, Sarah grew up in a low income area of Liverpool and has been involved in activism since the age of three. She has worked as a professional campaigner for over a decade for a number of NGOs, most recently Oxfam. One of the leading spokespersons in the craftivism movement, Sarah set up the Craftivist Collective in 2009 and has since worked with the likes of Unicef, Secret Cinema, the Victoria andAlbert Museum, Bauhaus University and Helsinki Design Week, amongst others.

She said: “If we want to make the world beautiful, kind and just,  then we need activism to be beautiful, kind and just. Shouting and screaming at people often creates walls not bridges. Gentleness is not a weakness, it’s about treating everyone how you would like to be treated, whether they are a victim, perpetrator or bystander, encouraging them to be their best self and improve our world for all.”

“Gentle protest has been used effectively throughout history for long term change by people like Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela – they never demonised anyone and not only helped change laws but also hearts and minds.”

“Activism is a craft like any other and with over 10 years as a professional campaigner I am passionate about doing activism with courage and care. I wanted to create the School of Gentle Protest for people who are feeling overwhelmed, who don’t know where to start, how are nervous of activism, and also for those who are taking action but without a robust strategy. I hope these resources will give people the tools they need to  protest against systemic, structural or societal injustices in a thoughtful, loving and effective way rather than a violent or unkind way.”

Ann Jones, Project Director of www.1215.today said: ”Sarah’s kind of activism is thoughtful, non-threatening and totally beguiling. Just what we need Today!”

After her online residency with www.1215.today Sarah may continue to develop the School of Gentle Protest on an ongoing basis after receiving feedback. She is asking people to send in their problems and questions, from which she hopes to continue to produce fresh material for the web series.
Editor’s notes

CRAFTIVIST COLLECTIVE: Founded in 2009, the Craftivist Collective produces projects, products and kits to help individuals and groups across the globe change the world one stitch (or sentence) at a time using slow, gentle, beautiful activism. You can find out more at www.craftivist-collective.com.

SARAH CORBETT: The daughter of a political councillor and vicar, Sarah has been an activist since the age of three. She has worked as a professional campaigner for a range of NGOs, most recently Oxfam. She has delivered workshops and talks around the world, including TED Talks and Do Lectures. Sarah founded Craftivist Collective on the back of a massive response to her blog, A Lonely Craftivist, from people and organisations around the world who wanted to join in.

www.1215.Today: Launched on 14 June 2015 by the University of Lincoln, www.1215.today is a virtual House of Culture where people aged 14-24 from all over the world can discover, debate, create and connect through the arts, while exploring their individual rights and what matters to them.

Women Who Create Weekend Event Tickets Live. Early bird tickets only available util March 31st!

After months in the making I am so pleased to share my latest passion project with you all today on the blog. Those of you who follow the fortnightly women in business blog series or are on my mailing list will already have heard a few whispers about this exciting event… but today early bird tickets are on general release and full details are available to all my wonderful followers!

What it’s all about

A weekend of creative inspiration, relaxation, confidence building, slow crafting and business/career motivation for women looking to connect with like minded folk and spark changes in their life and career

Bringing together individual business expertise from self made creative entrepreneurs. Come and spend a weekend with 6 women who want to change the world… and help you change yours!


Who is it for

An event for 15 creative women. At any level in their career, from planning start up to seasoned pro, this weekend is for those ready to implement big brave and exciting changes in their lives, careers, and future plans.

You will leave the weekend with a wealth of practical and creative skill to empower your next steps and future planning. A vibrant mix of personal experience, accredited technique and intuitive learning. You will have also spent a weekend becoming part of a fantastic community, meeting a group of equally amazing women who are on the same path as you.

Focus in on what a creative lifestyle looks and feels like to YOU. And leave with the confidence to live the future you dream of creating.


What is included in the price

A welcome drink at our meet and greet on Friday night – venue tbc

Welcome pack – including worksheets, journal & stationary to accompany the weekend, welcome drink, membership card + more secret treats

A 2 hour business clarity and creative visioning session with Els Pontin Creative Coach

A 2 hour colour tiles technique problem solving session with Super+Super’s Amy Phipps Founder of the WWC series/weekend

A 2 hour stress/anxiety management, confidence building and self hypnosis techniques session with Claire Culley aka Thrive Hypnotherapy

A 2 hour plant propagation and garden crafts session with Lyndsey Haskell of What You Sow
*tutor specific items – all materials, hand outs, tools also included
CATERING **Brunch, light lunch, afternoon snacks + tea and coffees on both Saturday & Sunday included in your ticket fee and are provided by Gabriella and Molly of Planted (YBF nominated vegan food start up)
Additional goody bag for early bird sign ups – available to first 10 to book before April 16th – first come first serve.

*COMFIRMED Includes discount codes, personalised stationary, coloured tile kit, printed planner pages and more!

Find FULL DETAILS and book your early bird ticket before they sell out (available until March 31st ONLY)! Only 15 spaces on this event because we want to keep it small and special.

Early bird tickets have begun to sell fast… with £150 worth of bonus content & goodies included I am not surprised! Plus our venue The Forge Bristol is a totally stunning to spend a weekend honing your creative skills.

 

Please feel free to email me for more details and keep an eye out on the new Women Who Create Website for tutor bios, extra event content and more info about this first exciting women in business event!

Amy x

MOLLIE MAKES / ROPE BASKET DIY. Hello Folks! Its Thursday afternoon and by now those of you who are already subscribed to Mollie Makes Mag will have received your copy of issue 77 and be enjoying the ‘Spring Has Sprung’ theme!

I am thrilled to be featured this month with a new fast craft project to help brighten and organise your favourite crafty spaces or work station… dust off that hot glue gun and turn to page 16 for my Boho Bright Rope Basket DIY this weekend! Its simple to create a multitude of shapes and sizes of Berber style baskets to suite your organisational needs! I use fine stiff bristled paint brushes and pop colour acrylic paints to achieve a modern boho look.

Pick up your copy now in all good book sellers & news agents! And find more craft project DIY’s in the Super+Super craft book series here x

Women Who Create / Ami Lou Sharpe. This fortnight we welcome Ami Lou aka sosoyoyo to the women who create series. Bringing us bright and playful illustrations and designs sosoyoyo combines a love of the slightly cheeky with colourful and modern designs to create prints, soft toys, greetings cards and pins.

Tell us a little about your background…

I grew up in Derby. Then did my degree in Theatre Acting at Bretton Hall, after that I studied Graphic Design at Shillington College, Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been working as a designer for the past 12 years and have managed to incorporate my love of children’s illustration into my career too. I started Sosoyoyo because I wanted to turn my illustrations into products. Sosoyoyo has been on the back burner for about 5 years but after having my daughter in 2015 I realised it was now or never, I had to bring my ideas into fruition.

 

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?

I’m an avid list maker and try to stay on track by giving myself specific tasks to achieve. To stay happy while I work, I listen to creative Podcasts, like Blogtacular or Design Sponge’s ‘After the Jump’; they inspire me and provide good company when working alone.

What two things can’t you live without?

Obviously the first one has to be my family. They’re my world. Creatively though, a good fine liner pen is a definite ‘must-have’.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Seeing other people make and create something with passion inspires me no end. It gives me the energy to believe in what I’m doing and keep going.

What is the meaning of ‘creative’ to you?

To me, it means putting your imagination into action. Some people say they’re ‘not creative’ but I believe everyone is. Creativity is a wide spectrum of being able to paint a gallery-worthy masterpiece to finding a clever way to get your kids to eat veg. They all require imagination and effort.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

I adore the work of Camilla Prada. I’d love to collaborate with her on designing a new plate.

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day-to-day process?

A simple blank piece of paper, the possibilities are endless.

What is the best thing about running your working for yourself?

After having my daughter I wanted to be able to work from home, running Sosoyoyo as well as my design business allows me to do that. I also love the buzz of selling something I’ve made.

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

I produced and directed a play whilst living in Australia. It was probably the biggest thing I’ve done and the most out of my comfort zone. I’d love to do it again, but it’s harder now I have a child.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey ?

Connect with other like-minded people. Working on your own can be tough, you need to get out there and realise you’re not on your own. I joined Studio NL’s “Hustle” group last summer, hearing inspiring stories from other creatives has spurred me on no end.

Follow Ami over on FB here and brows her collection of hand made items over on Etsy here! x

Women Who Create /  Ebonie Allard. Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Ebonie to the blog to add a punch of power to the start of your week with her infectious energy and entrepreneur enabling skills. Read on to hear the totally inspiring story of how she turned her life on its head to become the business maven she is today and how she helps misfits like many of us to get to where they want to be in their creative business lives!

Tell us a little about your background…

I’ve never had a proper job. I started out in the film / tv and events industry. I have a degree in scenic art. After working hard and partying harder I would burnout and then take myself off on yoga or fasting retreats around the world. I swung on that pendulum for a while, then in 2009 I started a business called My Girl Friday. A series of unfortunate events meant that I ended up in five figures of debt and living out of my car while bootstrapping a startup. Through pure determination and a willingness to do whatever it took I made the business a success. In 2011 I had 17 freelancers working for me, and while on the outside it all looked great, it wasn’t. A longish story shorter, I jacked it all in and moved to Bali and when I came back I started my current business as an Entrepreneur Enabler.

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?

I’m really clear on my WHY, and what my version of success looks and feels like. I check in with my Value Filter™ every day. I schedule my week to include fun things; getting out in nature & seeing the people that matter to me first and foremost.

What two things can’t you live without?

My iphone (I run my whole business from it) and real conversations, the kind where you see & hear the other person completely.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Nature and being in silence. I absolutely love people and stories and the bubbling of creativity, but it starts with a pause which I really connect to alone, out in nature.

What is the meaning of ‘creative’ to you?

To me, ‘creative’ is using my imagination, staying curious and becoming aware in new or different ways.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

I’d love to write a story of maybe a chapter each with all sorts of creative people like Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin Moran, Vivienne Westwood, helena bonham carter, Tim Burton, Emma Watson – oh gosh, I could go on forever with people I’d love to have involved in this… oops

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

Not really, I do like a good notebook and pen.

What is the best thing about running your business?

The freedom, and the woman I’ve had to become in order to make it work.

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Opening the box to the first order of books fresh from the printers…

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey

Endeavour to know yourself, to make peace with all of who you are, and then choose to become someone that you are proud of.

Thank you Ebonie! Find loads more over on Ebonie’s blog here or check out her super active facebook page here for daily prompts and offerings x

Women Who Create / Amy Buxton. This week I am happy to welcome self professed bookworm and dog mama Amy to the series!

Tell us a little about your background…

Ok, so I have always been a total bookworm, ever since I was a child and dearly wanted to be a writer, ever since I read the Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy. That secret ambition stayed with me all through high school and then I went to university and studied English, as I think I was about to accept that I needed to be a teacher. I took a left turn by taking a junior job at a publishing house when I was 30 and finally found my inner strength to go it alone a year later and I’m now a freelance writer!

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?

I’m a creature of habit, so before I work, I need to have a coffee on my desk (the ultimate cliche), my dog in her office basket, a kiss from my husband and a quick scour of newspapers online. When that’s all done, I’m ready to go!

What two things can’t you live without?

My husband and my dog! As a bonus, my hubby makes all the coffee, so two birds, one stone.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Anyone, anywhere that is doing something for themselves! Self-employment is scary, so you go humans!

What is the meaning of ‘creative’ to you?

Having unique ideas and finding a platform that works for you, to help you express them. It can be anything from angry graffiti through to fine art or creative writing, as long as it gets your idea across, it’s creative and successful.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

I’m quite dystopian, so I would probably be willing to give a limb to science if I could write a TV series with Charlie Brooker!

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

A novelty virgin Mary pen that my mum gave me!

What is the best thing about running your working for yourself?

Total creative freedom and regular hug breaks with my dog and husband, who also works from home! Oooh, endless toast runs too!

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Honestly? Getting my first paid freelance gig! It will always remind me of how far I’ve come and that I really committed to something scary and challenging. It wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it was amazing to see my first freelance byline.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey…

Keep the faith! You embarked on the journey for a reason and you need to use that initial impetus to sustain your determination, even when things get tough or look like thy aren’t moving as quickly as you want them to. Your self-belief will make other people believe in you and that leads to clients or customers!

Yeah! Thanks Amy.. you can find more over on her website here x

Creative Seasons / Spring Craft Project Inspiration

Hello folks! I have created a mood board with a few key images that will inspire my spring creative seasons projects & craftivism and wanted to share this with you. Small and special projects are high on my list this season. As well as working on a craftivism project inspired by the ever inspiring Sarah Corbett’s ongoing gentle protesting methods with the Craftivist Collective!

It’s taken a while to find what felt like the right direction for this first ‘creative season’ of projects. But small nature/nurture outdoorsy and plant inspired ideas feel right and a fun way to get other’s involved too! I am also going to use up lots of ends of yarn and scraps of fabrics for these first project to help spring clean my craft stash… And challenge myself a little further! Find full details about the mood board images and more on the Spring Craft Project Inspiration Pinterest board. I will also be posting more about these projects on my IG as I continue to curate this first season and share some progress. Feel free to tag your spring craft projects too using #creativeseasons

a mood board featuring spring craft projects

Title image care of The Craftivist Cllective. Clockwise from top left

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Women Who Create / Chloe & Abigail Baldwin

Welcome to the first instalment of Women Who Create Things Their Way series series 2. This year we are moving forward with the project and growing as we go. Adding new faces, skills, areas of expertise and experiences and inspiration to the fold. After a short break over the festive holiday we are back with a fantastic mix of interviewees!

Let’s kick things off with the creative duo Buttercrumble, a design and illustration company who aim to make you smile with their gorgeous playful design and super on it work ethic!

Tell us a little about your background…

We grew up in the sunny seaside town of Scarborough and have always loved art and design. Our Granddad worked as a printer in the town which meant we had a surplus supply of paper to scribble and paint on! From 2013 to 2016 we worked towards and completed a degree each in Graphic & Communication Design at The University of Leeds. We fell in love with the city and here we gained valuable experience working for marketing and PR agencies, and design studios. All of these experiences have enabled us to work on our passion – Buttercrumble!

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! It’s really important for us to plan and manage our workflow to ensure we can achieve the best possible results for our clients. We believe that great design can only be built on strong foundations.

What two things can’t you live without?

Chocolate (sweetness is our weakness) and beautifully designed visuals!

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

We take inspiration from all around us. You can’t force inspiration; you just never know when it’ll strike!

What does ‘creative’ mean to you?

To be creative, be prepared to think outside the box. Be wild or go home! It’s always easier to rein back a bonkers idea than build up a safe idea. Take these ideas and then be inventive.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

We love to collaborate with people from other disciplines as it’s interesting to see the different harmonies design can create.

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

Our diary – the most effective thing to organise our design work.

What is the best thing about running your business especially as a duo?

It allows you to reach out to clients on a more personal level. We love getting to know others and hearing their stories and how we can help them!

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Graduating together with a creative degree has been one of our proudest moments. Being the first people in our immediate family to have degrees made it a proud moment for them too.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey

It’s so important to be sisterly to one another as supporting another’s success won’t ever dampen yours. This said, don’t be afraid to shout about your own success and celebrate every tiny victory!

You can find more from Chloe and Abi over on their website or via social media x