Sarah is a reluctant doer who learnt the art of campaigning in her own quiet but very effective way. She became head girl and introduced lockers so the kids didn’t have to carry heavy bags. She did this by finding one important person to help in her campaigns. She used her love of craft and campaigning to create craftivists, which she now runs full time and is making change one stitch at a time. A life-affirming talk from an inspirational role model.
Sarah was born in Liverpool in 1980s. For 6 years she worked for Christian Aid, DFID and most recently Oxfam as a professional campaigner & mobiliser. She started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 as a reaction to traditional forms of activism. Due to demand Sarah set up the global Craftivist Collective in 2009.
This hobby has turned her into one of the leading spokespeople in the craftivism movement (The Times featured her as the leader of one of their 5 'New Tribes' of 2012) & was shortlisted for the 2013 Observer Ethical Award for Arts & Culture- they lost out to the film Beasts of the Southern Wild so weren't too upset. Sarah works with art institutions such as V&A, Southbank & National Portrait Gallery as well as charities such as Save the Children & Unicef and has also collaborated with cult jewellers Tatty Devine & Secret Cinema amongst others. As well as collaborations, she also sells products, delivers training workshops & talks, lecturers & exhibits her own craftivism work around the world & her book “A Little Book of Craftivism’” was released October 2013 distributed by Thames & Hudson & DAP worldwide (50% crowdfunded - random combination aye?!).