The book is Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In by Joan Tapper, with a foreword from Faythe Levine, director of Handmade Nation.
This book is organized around 5 different themes and within each of those for each type of craft there’s an interview with someone in that field, a project and short bits on more makers in that category.
If you’re interested in craft activism, such as yarn bombing, upcycling, then this will definitely interest you. I’m mildly interested in those, and follow some blog that cover those topics and I like to keep up with what’s happening in the indie craft movement.
The majority of the projects are in the fiber realm: quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet. I think partly that’s because these techniques lend themselves more to donation projects, which are covered in Part III: Crafting for a Cause.
Non-fiber arts projects include working with tin cans and artist trading cards. While I won’t be doing the majority of the projects in the book, I enjoyed reading all of the interviews with the artists. The other thing this book does is bring together much of what’s happening now in this craft activism movement. I don’t think that’s been done in a book before this one.
Who this book is for: anyone looking for cool new projects in the fiber arts; anyone looking to learn more about the craftivism/indie movements.
Here’s the link to the Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In ” target=”_blank”>Kindle version.