Crafting Democracy: The Continuum of Art, Activism, and Politics

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By rvuji

About the Exhibit

Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism was an extraordinary exploration of the interplay of craft, activism, and politics. It focused on the surge of “fiber-based craft activism” during the 2016 presidential campaign and the subsequent fallout. Showcasing a blend of local, national, and international works, the exhibit used the language of yarn, thread, silk, cotton, and other materials to express the collective outrage over gender and racial injustices.

The exhibit was curated by RIT professors Hinda Mandell and Juilee Decker, and its catalog, supported by the Farash Foundation, documented the rise of “craftivism”. This term, popularized by writer and crafter Betsy Greer, refers to using craft as a form of activism.

Highlights of the Exhibit

One of the most noteworthy highlights of the exhibit was the display of handcrafted pussyhats, symbols of solidarity in support of women’s equality and reproductive rights. These hats were a significant part of the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017, a powerful protest that reverberated worldwide.

Another notable piece was “Bystander” by June Lee, a beautiful work of art reflecting societal commentary, created using the East Asian symbolism of thread as human life. This piece was an intriguing exploration of the individual’s role within society.

Continuing the Tradition

While the Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism exhibit concluded, its spirit lives on. The show stood as a testament to the power of art and craft as tools for political expression and activism. As we move forward, we aim to continue this tradition, using our platform to provide insightful, balanced, and fact-based reporting on political events and issues. We focus on fostering a well-informed citizenry, an essential pillar of any thriving democracy.

Through our work, we hope to carry on the conversation about the role of art and craft in politics, championing voices from all demographics and backgrounds. We believe in the power of diverse perspectives and the importance of dialogue in shaping a more equitable society.

We are committed to shedding light on sociocultural, political, and economic issues, presenting them through a lens that respects our craftivism roots while adapting to the evolving political landscape. We aspire to be a beacon of liberal right-wing thought, offering content that is both informative and thought-provoking.

Join us as we continue crafting democracy, one story at a time.

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