Author Profile :: Betsy Greer

Betsy Greer is a longtime idol of mine and widely considered to be one of the founders of the modern craftivist movement. It was my absolute pleasure to speak with her recently about craftivism, feminism, and the state of craft. Here is a little bit from that conversation: SZ :: Who founded the “craftivist movement”? Who coined the term “craftivism”? BG :: Me. And not me. I started thinking about the connections between craft and activism in 2002 as part of… Read More

Book Review :: I’m Not Naked (anymore)

Sonya Côté takes us from the stripper pole to the microphone stand to the sound stage in this fabulous memoire of her life as a burlesque dancer, jazz singer, and actress. She narrowly escapes a sex trafficking ring in the Caribbean and rubs elbows with Canadian royalty. Sonya has lived a life that most of us can only dream about, but it’s not all lace and applause.   Come on this journey and discover if love wins out in the end. … Read More

Book Review:: Handmade Nation

I’ve had Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design on my bookshelf for many years (it was originally published in October of 2008), but I still felt that it was a good choice for one of our first book reviews because of the very special movement that it documents, in craft and in feminism. This book brings me back to myself, in a way. It represents my beginnings of creating craft for the purpose of protest for groups like… Read More

Book Review:: A Little Book of Craftivism

As promised, this evening I am reviewing a fabulous book on ‘Craftivism’, written by Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett. The book is called ‘A Little Book of Craftivism‘ and it very literally is a little book, measuring only 6.1″ tall. When I first unpacked it from the mail, I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but was definitely pleasantly surprised, as this mini-tomb offers a brilliant glimpse into the world of Craftivism, even giving you the tools and a variety of… Read More