#SayItWithStitchGY is a new project I have developed in collaboration with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust. It builds upon the Craftivism movement-inspired work from 2017 which took part within the St John’s Textile Kneeler project, including the textile craft workshops I delivered.
Craftivism (craft + activism) is a worldwide movement which incorporates gentle activism with craft, specifically sewing and textile arts. Betsy Greer, who coined the term in 2003, describes Craftivism as “a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite”.
The Great Yarmouth-based #SayItWithStitchGY project will champion environmental causes which are relevant to the local area. The aim will be to raise awareness of issues, such as marine pollution and litter, through positive and inspirational mediums. There will be workshops and events as part of the project, which will be listed on this page and found by searching #SayItWithStitchGY on social media. Plus, following the project’s Instagram and Twitter pages.
Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust supports #SayItWithStitchGY through project development from Rachel Harrison, use of workshop and exhibition space.
Events & workshops
Join us on Monday 1st October from 10:30am to 12:30am at St George’s Theatre café, Great Yarmouth for a free drop-in workshop – free, including all materials!
Exhibition 160 at Skippings Gallery, 133 King Street will host a #SayItWithStitchGY drop-in. The exhibition is open from Saturday 28th July until Friday 3rd August, 10am to 4pm.
This month, we are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding from Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund for #SayItWithStitchGY! The funding will be used for materials and costs for our pop-up workshops and events.
Artwork and textile provocations from the #SayItWithStitchGY project will feature in ‘Space a Waste’ exhibition at Skippings Gallery, Kings Street, Great Yarmouth from Tuesday 24th April to Tuesday 1st May. Plus, drop-in to a weekend of mini-banner making activities on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April at Skippings Gallery. Create a Craftivism-inspired mini-banner for only £3!