DaisyBowCraft

Radical Craftivist changing the world 1 stitch @ a time

London, England | 0 Sales

DaisyBowCraft

Radical Craftivist changing the world 1 stitch @ a time

London, England 0 Sales On Etsy since 2019

Daisy Bow

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Born and raised in South Africa, I have been making and crafting my whole life and more recently I have just completed my Masters part-time in a radical course called Gender Without Borders at Kingston University and at the same was an elected president in my Student’ Union for two years in a row. This position of leadership gave me the opportunity to campaign, negotiate to high stakeholders and strive to create a more inclusive, diverse and enriched learning experience for students.
At night, in class, I was learning the theory, during the day I was doing the practice.

For example, I led on various liberation campaigns like Equal Pay Day, Women’s History Month and Reclaim the night walks, while also supporting other liberation groups to achieve their activism on campus. This story does relate to my practice!
This responsibility, which was a full-time paid job (where and I worked more hours than I was being paid or supported to do) gave me a lot of stress and anxiety. A few months into the role, I decided to create a shirt for myself that stated “resist the White Supremacist, Imperialist, capitalist, patriarchy” with my sewing machine, which is a bell hooks quote. It was rough and not executed perfectly, but I felt that it empowered me when I went to meetings as it showed the people in suits where I stood. The next shirt I made was with baby blue sequins and it stated, “Give me Agency”. Once again poorly executed but made me feel really empowered in the many meetings I sat in all day, representing students as a woman in a position of leadership. From here on I started embroidery and making a series of political shirts as armour and perfected my finish. This also doubled up as really therapeutic for me and gave me the chance to relax and zone out by creating beautiful things. Slow craft is good for the soul and a form of self-care and it makes me value my time and time put into everyday objects.
I have just finished both my role in the Students’ Union and my Masters and decided very recently to open the shop because I now have the time and I want to share my work with others. It would be great if people could commission activist wearable works of art to empower them too!

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