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july, 2024

11jul6:30 pm9:30 pmSewcial & In Conversation with Sarah Corbett (Craftivist Collective)Celebrating the launch of Sarah Corbett's new book "The Craftivist Collective Handbook" ; join us for a thoughtful and community event.

Event Details

Award-winning activist, author and Ashoka Fellow Sarah P Corbett will be in-conversation with Barley Massey; Upcyclist & Founder/Care-Taker of Fabrications. They will be discussing Sarah’s new book, The Craftivist Collective Handbook focusing on the art of ‘gentle protest’ and how craftivism can be a transformational tool for personal wellbeing and community cohesion.

There will also be a window display and mini exhibition of Sarah’s Craftivism work and previous projects. Refreshments are included with your ticket!

Format of the evening:

6:30pm: Doors Open , Refreshments & Sewcialising

7:30pm – 8:30pm: In conversation followed by Q& A (please prepare some questions for Sarah!)

8:30 – 9:30pm: Refreshments & Sewcialising


Sarah Corbett set up the global community ‘Craftivist Collective’ in 2009 after demand from individuals, groups and organisations around the world. They wanted to take part in her unique methodology to ‘craftivism’ (craft + activism), a term she coined as ‘Gentle Protest’ in 2014. Sarah provides products and services to help people to be strategic gentle protesters, and she nurtures a growing global community of quiet craftivists. Sarah’s work has helped change laws, policies, hearts and minds around the world through her innovative protests.

These gentle protests are rooted in neuroscience and psychology and use the process of craft (mostly hand-embroidery and papercrafts) to help activists engage thoughtfully in social change issues and respond strategically. Sarah uses intriguing handmade products as personal reminders to be conscious citizens, as bespoke gifts for decision-makers from critical friends (not aggressive enemies), or to leave as small pieces of street art to provoke thought and action from the public, offline and online.

Copies of the Craftivist Collective Handbook as well as ethical kits and tools will be available to buy at the event .


Sarah P Corbett was born in 1983 into an activist family in Everton, Liverpool. A professional campaigner most recently with Oxfam GB, she works with charities, museums, galleries and unusual allies to reach new and nervous audiences to activism. Sarah was included in the Crafts Council 2018 ‘Power List’. She has given lectures including at Parsons College of Design in New York, exhibited in Stockholm (2015), Helsinki Design Week (2016), Design Museum Danmark in Copenhagen (2022-2024) and her speech ‘Activism Needs Introverts’ was chosen as a TED Talk of the Day.

Barley Massey is the creator, crafter and care-taker behind Fabrications. Barley started sewing at a young age, thanks to both her grandmothers and just hasn’t stopped! A textile graduate of Golsdmth’s University, Barley went on to work in costume for Film & TV before establishing her own textile studio and shop (Fabrications) where she has been championing upcycling, mending and “Cradle to Cradle” principles for over 25 years. Alongside producing one off upcycled pieces, offering her “Remember Me” service, Barley hosts regular classes and events at Fabrications and also free-range!


Price: £12.50 or £25 (includes a signed copy of “The Craftivist Handbook”)

Ticket includes Refreshments.

How to Book: Visit or Call Fabrications on 020 7275 8043 or BOOK ONLINE


Please Note: The In-Conversation will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)This is also where the refreshments will be served (and consumed) This is an initmate event and we appreciate your support. We are unable to offer Refunds (If you find you are unable to attend and have ordered a ticket with handbook option you can collect from Fabrications or we can post it out to you)




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