Craftivism has been described as ‘a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper and your quest for justice more infinite.’ Pushing against the rise of mass consumerism, Craftivism is a movement that encourages people en masse to get involved in the applied arts as a means to express their opinions about the world, asserting their dissent in the most creative way possible. Opening this June, Craftivism is the title of an exhibition at The Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool that aims to reveal how this phenomenon informs the work of many makers today, and one of the artists participating in this group show is Selvedge’s own Jennifer Collier.

Inspired by the narratives of vintage and recycled papers, Jennifer creates paper sculptures that breathe new life into materials and objects that might otherwise be absent-mindedly cast aside. By reinventing analogue items, Jennifer plays with memory and feelings of nostalgia that stem from the domestic space. She works exclusively with paper and uses books, maps, envelopes, wallpaper or mere scrap to stitch together her decorative and functional artworks. Letting her materials lead the way, Jennifer allows the origin of the paper to provide the idea and form of each piece.

By embracing the unpredictability of the making process, Jennifer truly finds her voice through her materials. This practice astutely echoes that of the Craftivist movement, encouraging makers in any medium to begin simply with the act of making without relying on any preconceived argument. Through materials, everyone has the opportunity to find their voice, and you can hear six of the most creative ones at this upcoming exhibition.

Jennifer will be teaching a Paper Sculpture workshop at the Selvedge studio in London this August. To find out more and to book your place, click here.

Craftivism, 10 June - 15 July, Bluecoat Display Centre, The Bluecoat, College Lane, Liverpool L13BZ

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