Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Crafting Change: Handmade Activism, Past & Present
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Crafting Change: Handmade Activism, Past & Present

Crafting Change: Handmade Activism, Past & Present

By Jessica Vitkus


Publication Date: October 18, 2022

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Ages 12 to 18

An energetic, informative, and inspiring exploration of craftivism—the intersection of art and activism—throughout American history, with particular focus on the present day.

In America, there is a tradition of teens protesting injustice and bringing about change that the older generation just couldn't.

Craftivism means using handmade art to provoke, to interrupt, to draw attention, to help others, and hopefully to bring change. Ever heard of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which helped raise awareness of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s? That’s craftivism. Remember the bright pink pussyhats from the Women’s March in 2017? That’s craftivism, too.

In Crafting Change, author Jessica Vitkus interviews modern craftivists and scholars who study political crafting of the past. This full-color book includes their own words, historical context, over 100 photos of the artists and their work. The result is an engaging narrative that reads like a mix-tape of the craftivist greats. It's a perfect book for teens who want to find creative ways to change the world for the better, even including step- by-step instructions to get readers started on their own craftivist journey.

About the Author

Jessica Vitkus is a writer and television producer living in New York City. She has written craft stories and developed craft projects for Martha Stewart magazines and television, and has worked as a writer/producer for MTV News, Pop-Up Video, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Currently, she is a producer on Late Night with Stephen Colbert. @JessicaVitkus

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 208 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Publication Date: October 18, 2022

ISBN: 9780374313326

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