Craft hasn’t always been associated with feminism. Evocative of floral aprons, frilly curtains and cross stich samplers, it was for a long time considered more submissive domestic wife than anything else. But really, if you stop and think, some of its key principles are the same. Personalisation, making things for yourself by yourself, challenging norms (it’s far far easier to buy a cake or skirt than make one) and engaging in an activity out of choice.
Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy, Bonnie Burton’s latest book, takes it one step further. This is making with a message, and features 25 projects that overtly send out messages of empowerment and challenge that are impossible to ignore. Feminism is about getting your voice out there, and these projects are a way to do so.
There’s the Huggable Uterus Body Pillow, Pizza Not Patriarchy Lunch Bags, or craft heroine finger puppets in the shape of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Frida Khalo. You might like to make some Feminist Badges of Honour in order to express whatever you feel like, regardless of norms, or a Nope Necklace – because you have the right to say no. Especially when rocking Power Pussie Panties. And when things seem tough, reach out to those who have been before you with these Strong Female Prayer Candles.
To help you connect with fellow feminists, she includes a feminist music playlist, suggestions for films and books to discover, holidays to celebrate and the perfect party planning. An enthusiastic and irreverent approach to craft, activism and creativity, it’s the perfect accompaniment to winter evenings.