Let’s face it, the next four years could be challenging for women in the U.S, to say the least. Luckily, writer and crafter extraordinaire, Bonnie Burton, is here to give us a much-needed outlet to cope with her new book, Crafting With Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy. To put it simply, Crafting With Feminism is a blast! Filled with fun, creative projects, there’s something for every crafting skill level. Whether you’re making Feminist Badges of Honor with some of your favorite sayings, or crafting tiny versions of your heroes and friends from tampons, all 25 projects are sure to empower and make you giggle.
If you’re new to crafting and looking for a fun way to get started, this is the perfect book. Burton carefully guides you through each project, providing clear and concise instructions with step-by-step pictures to help along the way. Although a few projects require some basic sewing, don’t let that scare you off, she included an all-important quick sewing primer in the back of the book to get you started and assuage those fears. Also included in the book is a complete list of essential crafting supplies to keep on hand because, honestly, crafting stores can be a little overwhelming to any novice crafter.
Crafting With Feminism is inspiring in its projects, turning objects like tampons, panties, and bras – all the things us ladies were taught from a very young age to keep well hidden out of shame – into art pieces to be flaunted with pride and placed on a shelf. Burton makes vaginas into whimsical tree ornaments and the uterus, which we all feel is frequently plotting against us, into a cute, huggable pillow. The book is sprinkled with quotes from famous women to stoke your feminist pride and remind you of the battles previously fought as well as a calendar of feminist holidays to be celebrated throughout the year. Burton provides tips for feminist crafting parties for you and your girlfriends (I’m already planning mine), recommended feminist reading, and advice on how best to spread the ideals of the movement, and give something back, by crafting for others.
In the foreward, written by Geek Goddess, Felicia Day, she says, “The projects embody the spirit of optimism and determination that I associate with feminist activism – a spirit that, sadly, has fallen out of focus thanks to reactionary politics.” With the regular smears feminism endures from these reactionary people, Crafting With Feminism is a joyous reminder of our collective goals and hopes for the future: equality, pride, justice and love for all.
Pick up a copy of Crafting With Feminism and start planning that first girl-powered crafting party – you won’t be sorry! Be sure to check out Bonnie’s previous books, The Star Wars Craft Book and Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change. Follow Bonnie on Twitter @bonniegrrl to keep up with all of her latest news, articles, and books!