Crafting dissent : handicraft as protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats / edited by Hinda Mandell.

Lanham [Maryland] : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
xv, 339 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.


American Association for State and Local History book series [More in this series]
Summary note
Pussyhats, typically crafted with yarn, quite literally created a sea of pink the day after Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States in January 2017, as the inaugural Women's March unfolded throughout the U.S., and sister cities globally. But there was nothing new about women crafting as a means of dissent. Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats is the first book that demonstrates how craft, typically involving the manipulation of yarn, thread and fabric, has also been used as a subversive tool throughout history and up to the present day, to push back against government policy and social norms that crafters perceive to be harmful to them, their bodies, their families, their ideals relating to equality and human rights, and their aspirations. At the heart of the book is an exploration for how craft is used by citizens to engage with the rhetoric and policy shaping their country's public sphere. The book is divided into three sections: "Crafting Histories," Politics of Craft," and "Crafting Cultural Conversations." Three features make this a unique contribution to the field of craft activism and history: The inclusion of diverse contributors from a global perspective (including from England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Australia). Essay formats including photo essays, personal essays and scholarly investigations. The variety of professional backgrounds among the book's contributors, including academics, museum curators, art therapists, small business owners, provocateurs, artists and makers. This book explains that while handicraft and craft-motivated activism may appear to be all the rage and "of the moment," a long thread reveals its roots as far back as the founding of American Democracy, and at key turning points throughout the history of nations throughout the world.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Reflections on craft--and craft-makers--as change agents / Jayna Zweiman
  • Yarn, thread, scissors, fabric : a crafter's tool kit for mending democracy as engaged citizens / Hinda Mandell
  • Craftivism from Philomena to the pussyhat / Sandra Markus
  • Weaving the way toward liberty : John Singleton Copley's Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin (Sarah Morris) / Elizabeth S. Hawley
  • Spinning, sewing, and soliciting for the American Revolution / Laura Elizabeth Sapelly
  • The anti-craft activism of enslaved Americans : conspicuous consumption as resistance / Katie Knowles
  • The Underground Railroad quilt code myth and the culture of crafted experience / Felicity Lufkin
  • Finding Frederick and Anna Douglass's parking lot : public art's role in combating historical erasure and urban renewal / Hinda Mandell
  • Stitching dissent : from the suffragists to pussyhat politics / Anne Bruder
  • How homespun cotton cloth became the fabric of Indian political life / Rekha Sharma and Gargi Bhaduri
  • "It's getting bitchy in knitting circules" : the history of the stitch 'n bitch movement and internalized misogyny / Erika K. Jackson
  • The entanglement of consumption, commerce, and craft activism / Hannah Bush
  • How to smash the patriarchy : a guide for fat old ladies and their friends / a graphic essay by Donna Druchunas
  • Craftivism and DIY citizenship / Tal Fitzpatrick
  • A tale of two scarves, of "pride" and "pain" / Máire O Sullivan, Shona Bettany, and Toni Eagar
  • "Consent trumps everything" : the clothesline art project and the election politics of sexual assault / Shannon Dehoff and Jill Swiencicki
  • Curating craftivism and rethinking collection(s) / Mary Worrall and Shirley Wajda
  • How to be a craftivist : the art of gentle protest and the case of the "living wage" for one of the largest retail companies in the United Kindgom / Sarah Corbett
  • Crafting a place in history : creating subversion with handcrafts in modernity / Betsy Greer
  • Mending our clothing, mending the world / Sarah Kuhn
  • Crafting change : craft activism for community-based art therapy / Lauren Leone
  • Crafting, crime, harm, and justice in Australia / Elaine Fishwick and Alyce McGovern
  • Crafting the "vulva quilt" : a community response to being silenced / Michelle Napoli and Michaela Kirby
  • Craft as a pedagogy of hope / Suzanne Schmidt
  • Reshaping the narrative around poeople of color and craftivism / Diane Ivey
  • The sisterhood ot the Trump/Putin cross-stitch / Alison Rowley and Althea Thompson.
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