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How to be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  30 reviews
How to Be a Craftivist is a manifesto for quiet activism: how to tackle issues not with shouting and aggression but with gentle protest, using the process of ‘making’ to engage thoughtfully in the issues we are about, to influence and effect change.

Sarah Corbett – professional campaigner and founder of the Craftivist Collective – shares her journey from burnt-out activist,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Unbound
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Melanie Godecki
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was so informative and helpful! I'm inspired to start my own Craftivist projects soon - after some quiet reflection of course. I will definitely reread and refer to this in the future. ...more
toria (vikz writes)
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unraveling  the problem

Coming from a political family, I have always been political. Moreover, I took women’s studies, and took part in many campaigns, during my time at university.  In addition, I work, as a volunteer,  with the RNIB and Oxfam, on the campaigns that matter to me. As a disabled person, those activities have recently taken on a greater urgency. So, my campaigning life has become busier and more intense.


Recently, therefore I have been feeling tired, disillusioned, and unfocused.
I understand how movements can benefit for having a book about themselves. It enhances the brand, it's almost like a business card adding validity to the existence of the movement. And as such, I think Sarah Corbett has been successful. I saw Corbett at the book launch and found her interesting and many things she said really stuck with me and quite a few have transformed my letter writing significantly. I started this book several times and as much as I love the concept of it, the reality of re ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the book not because I aspire to be a (craft)activist. In fact, I have found myself mostly declining the choice to commit to any cause despite the many desperate changes for a better world to fight for. I suppose I'm quite a nihilist. I am, however, curious of the viewpoints and inner working of activists and what make them tick to actually take action and fight for something. That's intriguing. But activists tend to bear the stigma of being incessantly angry, self-righteous, judgemental ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
*technicality did not finish*

Craftivist reads like a dissertation trying to reach the he character limit. There were multiple times in the book that I didn’t think were particularly of relevance or helpful to me in any way and this made it really hard to convince myself to keep reading. Corbett has some really great and valuable insights, and sometimes it’s inspiring. But these parts are hidden in between repetition, and rambling (I don’t want or need to know how exhaustedly successful the craf
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
No me gusta menospreciar el trabajo de nadie, y estoy segura de que la labor de Sarah Corbett es muy útil, pero... (denme puntos suspensivos más grandes) al final este libro me ha acabado pareciendo un poco paridita. Su principal problema, y el que ha hecho que acabe leyéndolo en diagonal, es que hay demasiado relleno, como si debido a una exigencia editorial de llenar x páginas la autora hubiera tenido que reelaborar lo obvio para hacer más bulto. Por otro lado, entiendo lo del activismo amable ...more
Pamela Adam
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Grace and Gentleness

I give this a 5 as it's not preachy and gently I tricycles craftism and how to slowly make a difference to our world in a way introverts like me can cope
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I went into this book with an open mind, yet had to continuously remind myself to maintain an open mind throughout reading it. 'How to Be a Craftivist' is the perfect book for crafty introverts (and people that appreciate quiet activism!) interested in getting involved with activism. It's very accessible and Sarah Corbett is never rash or blaming in explanations, always keeping a kind and gentle approach. However, this also makes the book quite long-winded and repetitive, and I found myself skim ...more
Eileen Hall
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This important book should be made available to anyone interested in world events especially the natural world.
Sarah Corbett is well known in the gentle, none threatening activism world, especially for her campaign entitled Origami Migration.
This campaign saw concerned people sending in origami birds which were attached to a net.
This net was erected outside the Spanish Parliament to protest the dredging of the river that flows through Donana National Park, a World Heritage site and an important
Laura Gembolis
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: diy
Somewhere between a three and four on my DIY rating scale:
2 - meh. Not my thing.
3 - Changed my framework
4 - Plan on revisiting for refresher, deeper read

Only time will tell if proves to be a 4

Edit: 3, maybe a 2.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
In How to be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest, author Sarah Corbett offers insight on how to help improve the world in a beautiful, gentle and loving way.

Throughout the ages, we’ve always protested what we felt to be injustices or wrongs in our society. Protests have run the gamut of disapproving looks, all the way to horrible mass destruction and murder. The latter can’t be supported, and the former is insufficient.

Many people will completely shut down if you start yelling at them. I tur
Erin Stewart
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a lovely and inspiring book. I know not to judge a book by its cover but even as an object, it's nice to look at and have in your hands. It's pretty apt given its argument: that crafted objects can provide a nourishing, creative, and methodical path forward for addressing social justice issues.

I'm 100% on board! Corbett mentions some of the criticisms people have had of her work (it's too gentle, it's not direct enough...) but as she says, craft isn't going to work all the time for every
I would have loved to give this a higher rating, because I believe in craftivism and I like Sarah Corbett and her work. I think this is a good book for those who are starting out on a campaign and want to think of new, innovative ways to get going. However, like other reviews, I found after about page 175 things got quite repetitive. I think it was mostly the edit and tone that lowered the rating of this book and not the author's point on the power of craftivism. That said, and I'm really only r ...more
Freya Stewart
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book for everyone craftivist or not. I love the idea of a gentle protest, a more peaceful protest that encourages conversation about the problem. Sometimes I feel that protests can seem quite childlike in their response, 'i don't agree with you so I'm not gonna talk to you, I'm just going to sit here or I'm going to shout about it and throw a tantrum. Whereas Sarah talks about a more mature response to start a calm conversation with those who have the power to make changes. My favourite ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A good book about the emerging act of craftivism, written with honesty and practicality. Some of it was definitely ‘manual-like’, giving advice and instructions as to how to go about a campaign but it was quite an interesting read. I would have liked some more stories and examples but I don’t think that’s the aim - the idea here is to inspire and guide others into craftism rather that simply share stories of previous campaigns. Interesting though.
Stephanie Harvey
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this author to be a bit distracted with so many different causes, it's sometimes felt like she had a passion for disruption rather than a passion for solving a problem. However, overall, this book was really fantastic and made me think a lot about my life and my art and what direction I can start going in to persuade other people to see some of the Injustice has that are going on in the world, but also make changes to abolish these practices. Wake up! ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, justice, craft
This book discusses how the slow process of making things by hand can cause one to be more intentional and empathetic in social messaging. The reverent tone is somewhat similar to Marie Kondo's "Life-Changing Magic". I would give it 5 stars, except that much of the content (examples from particular craftivist campaigns) will soon feel dated. I would eagerly read a bigger-picture book that linked John Ruskin, William Morris, et al. to the contemporary craftivist movement. ...more
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read about Sarah Corbett's work in one of my British magazines. A former organizer and life-long activist, during a time of near-burnout she considered combining crafts and activism in "the art of gentle protest." An introvert, Sarah applied her knowledge of effective activism with the slow and mindful movement of craft in intelligent and creative ways. Food for thought! You can read more about her work at ...more
Jess Ness
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I really appreciated this book in that it introduced me to a new form of activism and I leaned a ton. However, I found the book repetitive and admittedly do not think I am the audience the author was aiming for as I’m not crafty at all.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'If we want our world to be a more beautiful, kind and fair place, then shouldn't our activisim be more beautiful, kind and fair?'
Sarah Corbett

Sarah explains with practical insight and inspiring storytelling how we can do this.
This is one of those books I will never stop reading.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though some of Corbett's views made me kinda uncomfortable, overall this is a really good, solution-focused book that I would recommend to anyone interested in changing the world in a way or another. ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Found this a really peaceful, gentle read but it tended to be quite repetitive and go into too much detail. Would still recommend though!
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
It would have helped if I had something towards which I could have used the information. Otherwise it was a great resource.
Tula or KathyPotter Fitzgerald
Overwrought and wandering, either me or the writing, I don't know. But I stopped reading about three chapters in.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has definitely inspired me to do some craftivism of my own. I liked the gentle and balanced tone the book took, and it chimed with me and my views.
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafts, relax
A gentle and informative book about craftivism, the Crafivist Collective, and the art of gentle protest. Highly recommend to all my crafting friends who want to make a difference.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully useful and inspiring book, kindly written and filled with encouragement.
Dorie Van Dercreek
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really important book about projects that can help everyone especially during the stats of politics in the worls
Julia Croyden
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 2018
Very good.
Rebekka Steg
While I might not agree with the author on everything (and I think she might actually prefer that) it certainly gave me plenty to think about. This book, the questions and thoughts therein, have really stayed with me.

*I received a free copy through Netgalley, but the review is my own opinion*
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