A Manchester jigsaw craft will raise awareness of world hunger; people across the country have come together to sew a quilt covered in jigsaw puzzle pieces about the topic. Individuals have sent pieces of the puzzle to the People’s History Museum to be sewn into the jigsaw craft. Also, this Manchester jigsaw craft project raises awareness of world hunger through a presentation in an art showcase. The showcase is part of a group called the Craftivist Collective, which supports the Save the Children’s “Race against Hunger” campaign.
The founder of Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett, compares the jigsaw puzzle to the political issues of world hunger; she said that life is a puzzle that seems confusing, but one that will eventually fit together. This is meant to represent the idea that world hunger seems complex and impossible, but once the pieces are fit together, the end of world hunger will be attainable.
The Manchester jigsaw craft will raise awareness of world hunger through several “celebrity” craftivists, including Deadly Knitshade (the founder of Knit the City), Jamie ‘Mr X Stitch’ Chalmers (a TV personality), and multiple craft bloggers (such as Hilary Pullen from Craft Blog UK). These celebrities will attend the opening of the art showcase along with councilors and MPs (members of Parliament).
The Craftivist Collective urges members of Parliament to take governmental action to fight world hunger. Their main goal is to influence Parliament before the G8 Summit, which will be hosted in the U.K. this June. They want the U.K. to do as much as possible to create a hunger-free world.
World hunger is a preventable tragedy that could be helped through government action, not only in the U.K. but in other countries such as the U.S. The craft community in the U.K. is adding its voice to the fight against global hunger, but it is just one piece of the global puzzle to solve world hunger.
– Corina Balsamo
Sources: Mancunian Matters, Lair Out, Coolers
Photo: Craftivist Collective