Be a part of the ongoing project Voices of Yarn! Gerillaslöjdsfestivalen is invited by the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Institute as a part of the current exhibition Urban Challenges which takes place at the House of Sweden in Washington. As a visitor at the exhibition you will be able to participate with your yarn ball with these instructions:
The project and exhibition will be open until March 2020 and our hope is to have a really long carpet with accompanying wishes to it. Participate and create, what is important for you?
The Voices of Yarn carpet is connected to our ongoing project Fantasin till makten (e.g Let imagination rule) where we currently are making a carpet to the swedish politicians with encouragement and inspiration to more courage and care. This carpet will be handed over to Swedish government in september 2019. (More information in Swedish here)
And if you may be curious about us and the Guerrilla Crafts Festival, here is some more information to you!
Gerillaslöjdsfestivalen (“the Guerrilla Crafts Festival”) is a festival that seeks to challenge and embolden politicians to act with greater courage and humanity. The Guerrilla Crafts Festival consist of Maria Yvell (@virkadygnetrunt) and Frida Arnqvist Engström (@kurbitsmedia). It is a creative network and sometimes a space where people gather to manifest their opinions through crafts. At the moment in full work with the Swedish yarn ball carpet. And recently before that they gathered to dress an entire bridge in the City of Borås in Sweden in hand-made fabrics.
Today’s practitioners of creative craftsmanship see themselves as being a part of society. For them, creativity goes hand in hand with politics. This political aware- ness is combined with the techniques and materials used to create a message. The movement of people who want to change the world with their hands has many names. “Stitch’n bitch” DIY (do it yourself), punk embroidery, craftivism, seed bombing, grass graffti and cleaning graffti. They are all part of a handmade revolution!
These activists believe in a sustainable way of life, a new economic system and the creative power of everyone. They seek a different lifestyle and see an opportunity for change through the work of their hands. So for them, making is an identity marker: “I am one who does myself.” With their choices, they want to contribute to a more sustainable and better world.
They have developed a concept that includes collaborative projects and they create networks around activist activities. They have carried out two large projects so far and have more planned for the future.
The first Guerrilla Crafts Festival was held in Folkets Hus community center in Bagarmossen, outside Stockholm, in October 2016. In September 2017 they participated in the street and art festival ‘No Limit’ in Borås. With the help of practitioners from all over the country, they managed to dress a bridge in textiles – involving more than 500 square feet of fabric!
A large and extremely committed network has come together to change the world … with their hands.