craftivism / kraf-ti-viz-um / n.  An emerging trend in activism towards the betterment of society and the environment through craft.

craftivist / kraf-ti-vist / n.  You.

To be passionate about making handmade goods is to be passionate about knowing the origin of your product. It means you have a level of awareness about your community and the consequences in your global community. Along with this awareness comes a conscience; and along with that conscience comes the drive towards change. The rise of hand craft directly coincides with the rise of craftivism, as the two are frequently woven together, be it through knitting circles who make scarves for homeless shelters, by a crafter buying supplies locally as often as possible, or by an artist donating a portion of their profits to charity. Being so involved in promoting the art of the handmade craft, we at Second Storie are also committed to promoting craftivism.

We have collected donations for ArtPeace, made fabric carrots to help the South Wedge Farmers' Market, and accepted donations of fabric that became Snuggles Project blankets for animal shelters. We've collected donations to benefit Girls Rock! Rochester as well as art supplies for Young Women's College Prep. And, most recently, we featured Seedfolk City Farm.

Seedfolk City Farm is a multi-site urban farm that engages youth through project-based learning, while working to create a healthy, localized community food system. Like them on Facebook!

We know you will generously help these amazing organizations continue to do great things in our community!

More ways to get involved: Wool Works, Rochester Cares