2018: #SayItWithStitchGY

#SayItWithStitchGY is a project I have developed in collaboration with Rachel Harrison, Carol Desborough and Clare Southern, supported by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust. It builds upon the ‘Craftivism’ (craft + activism) movement-inspired work from 2017 which took part within GYPT’s St John’s Textile Kneeler project, such as the textile craft workshops I delivered.

There will be workshops and events as part of #SayItWithStitchGY from spring 2018, which are listed at the bottom of this page and on the project’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. Plus, search the project name #SayItWithStitchGY in social media to follow updates.

Project background

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 champions environmental causes which are relevant to the local area. The aim is to raise awareness of issues, such as marine pollution and litter, through positive and inspirational mediums. The project is delivered through pop-up workshops around Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Events & workshops

October 2018
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!

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July-August 2018
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.

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June 2018
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.

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April-May 2018
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!