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Crafting Change - by Jessica Vitkus (Paperback)

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About the Book

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

Book Synopsis

An informative and inspiring exploration of craftivism -- the intersection of handicraft and activism -- designed to encourage young creators while providing meaningful historical context.

You don't have to be old enough to vote to drive political change.

In Crafting Change, author, TV producer, and craftivist Jessica Vitkus explores the rich lineage of craftivism, with profiles of craftivisit icons, many of whom are women and people of color. This YA non-fiction book shines a light on artist-driven projects like This Is Not a Gun - workshops where people sculpt objects the police have mistaken for a gun in fatal shootings -- alongside creative movements that mobilized entire communities, like the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Pussyhat project for the 2017 Women's March. This engaging narrative combines compelling artist interviews with full-color photos of creators and crafts alike.

A perfect book for teens who want to channel their creativity into political action, with ideas for simple projects sure to appeal to budding craftivists.

Review Quotes

"Vitkus [writes] in a direct, conversational style that speaks to, not at, teen readers. Emphasizing enjoyment and process over professional products, she concludes with helpful tips and easy-to-start projects. ... Fascinating, thought provoking, and inspiring." --Booklist, starred review

"Reading the interview excerpts with craftivists, such as Black Girl Magic Portraits creator Melissa Blount, Pussyhat Project creators Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh, and organizations like the Be Seen Project, will give any craftivist or crafting club lots of steam. ... Expertly organized to document the psychological benefits and historical and contemporary ways crafting brings communities together in action." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Profiling a variety of makers, craftspeople who use their creations to get their messages out, this bright, well-illustrated book encourages readers to try their hands at craftivism... The subjects are broadly diverse, and their passions connect to a range of social issues, so most readers will both feel included and learn something new... Expansive, inclusive, and motivating." --Kirkus Reviews

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, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.98 Inches (H) x 7.27 Inches (W) x .45 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.16 Pounds
Suggested Age: 12-18 Years
Number of Pages: 208
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Social Science
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Theme: Politics & Government
Format: Paperback
Author: Jessica Vitkus
Language: English
Street Date: October 18, 2022
TCIN: 84648436
UPC: 9780374313326
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-3998
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.45 inches length x 7.27 inches width x 8.98 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.16 pounds
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