You can make the world a better place in a variety of ways and one such way is through moments of kindness and creativity. Sayraphim Lothian shares ways for you to add a little brightness through the world through what she calls guerrilla kindness, which involves taking on some crafting to do something for someone else. Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance examines craftivism and the use of homemade items to change the world.
Primarily this book provides readers with crafting projects that can help spread a message or help others. Some include sharing positive messages such as her felt cupcakes, which are based on her first public art project. The little cupcakes are easy to make and you include a tag with a positive message on them. There are also other positive pieces including using embroidery to share compliments. Lothian also delves into craftivism and the history of using crafts to spread a message. Guerrilla Kindness is full of ways to show your support for a cause through homemade items. One of my favorites to see were the protest dolls, which can be done for any cause and can even be based on real people. There are also explanations for how to make banners, flags, and even bake goods that can be used to spread your message.
There are also some elements of general craft teaching included. Lothian shares how to patch items that you’ve made so that they can continue to last even longer. These patching plans also allow you to add even more details to your work. While this is a crafting book, what I found tremendously important to point out what Lothian’s decision to include a section on symbols and organizations in the introduction of the book. She wants to ensure that those who are crafting have a clear idea of that they are doing and are not alienating people or co-opting something that is not connected to who they are. Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance is a great book for anyone who wants to grow their skills as a maker and is also interested in helping make the world around them a better place. You can find it on sale now.
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