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BOOK CLUB

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FUTURE BOOKS

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Our "Craftivist" project with WCACO Book Club
The Colorado Chapter is undertaking a "Craftivist" project! Please see our reference Guide: How to be a Craftivist  by Sarah Corbett

Our WCACO Craftivist Project: 

Use a 12" x 12" fabric and embroider your statement on the fabric (or use fabric paint). We will be stitching our efforts together to show in an upcoming WCACO exhibition (TBD). Use this book to plan who you will give the work of art to. After the display collectively of our works of art, we will return the fabric square so you can continue the activism. (Such as displaying this at a public building, gifting to a legislator or a group.) Bring your project square and work on it at the book club meeting or be able to explain how your square will come to life.

“How to be a Craftivist: the art of gentle protest”

 

by Sarah Corbett

Sarah Corbett―professional campaigner and founder of the Craftivist Collective

―shares her journey from burnt-out activist, tired of marching, confrontation

and demonizing opposition, towards a more respectful activism: using craft

to contemplate global issues, to provoke thought, to engage, empower and

encourage people to become part of change in the face of injustice.

Available both as Used and New editions from your favorite booksellers.

PAGES TO NOTE:

Page 167: Five important elements to complement your handmade gifts, and to help strengthen them as catalysts for change – ownership, empathy, allies, commitment, ripples.

Pages 218-219:

  • Solidarity not sympathy

  • Good intentions are just the start

  • Tough mind, tender heart

  • Listen to people you disagree with

  • Use head, hand and heart

  • Keep your message hopeful, positive, timeless – avoid being too vague or aggressive
     

Page 265: How to measure your success. Questions anyone can use to debrief after an event.

Page 285: Wellmaking clinic. How to stay positive.
Middle of book: A Craftivist’s Manifesto

FROM THE BOOK:

Craftivism = Gentle Protest
The art of gentle protest requires that you don’t maintain conflict, but you focus on a path towards resolution.

Create caring community, not conflict.

Slowness is vital. Strategic planning, creative thinking and building relationships all take time and, if rushed, are impossible to fulfill. Craftivism and activism needs all these things.

Sarah’s follow-up book:

Craftivist Collective Handbook

Is available EARLY to those who invest in the book via “crowdfunding.” A $45 ($64.85) donation gets your name in the book and gets you a first edition copy.

Visit: https://unbound.com/books/craftivist-collective-handbook/
“Activism needs to be seen as a normal part of life.”

--Sarah Corbett

Selection for February 8, 2023    6pm Mountain Time

"In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs"

by Grace Bonney (Editor)

Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.

 

New York Times Bestseller
Named a Best Holiday Gift Book by

Real Simple, Washington Post, 

Los Angeles Times, 

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 

Boston Globe, and more

 

Currently available both as Used and New editions

from your favorite booksellers for $15 or less.

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PAST BOOKS

JANUARY 2023  NATIONAL WCA selection

How to be a Craftivist - the Art of Gentle Protest.

by Sarah Corbett

NOVEMBER 2022 NATIONAL WCA selection

Art on My Mind visual politics,

by Bell Hooks

OCTOBER 2022 COLORADO CHAPTER

How to be a Craftivist

by Sarah Corbett

SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 NATIONAL WCA

Florine Stettheimer: A Biography

by Barbara Bloemink

 

AUGUST 10, 2022 WCA-CO

How to be a CRAFTIVIST

5 out of 5 Stars

JULY 13, 2022 WCA-CO

The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

4.5 out of 5 Stars

JUNE 8, 2022 WCA-CO

Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler

by Alexander Nemerov

4 out of 5 Stars

 

MAY 11, 2022 National WCA

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency
by Olivia Laing

4 out of 5 Stars

APRIL 13, 2022 WCA-CO
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
2.5 out of 5 Stars

MARCH 9, 2022 National WCA

Gluck by Diana Souhami

2.5 out of 5 Stars

JANUARY 12, 2022 National WCA

The Heart: Friday Kahlo in Paris

by Marc Petitjean

3 out of 5 Stars

NOVEMBER 10, 2021 National WCA

we flew over the bridge

Faith Ringgold, memoir

4 out of 5 Stars

OCTOBER 13, 2021 WCA-CO

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

4 out of 5 Stars

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 National WCA

Photographer Sally Mann's book 

Hold Still 

4 out of 5 Stars

AUGUST 11, 2021

Paint Made Flesh

4.5 out of 5 Stars

JULY  14, 2021 National WCA

Eva Hesse

4 out of 5 Stars

FEBRUARY 10, 2021

Luncheon of the Boating Party

by Susan Vreeland

5 out of 5 Stars

JANUARY 13, 2021

Day Book by Anne Truitt

An Artist's Journal

4.5 out of 5 Stars

DECEMBER 9, 2020

Sacré Bleu

by Christopher Moore

4.5 out of 5 Stars

NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Art & Fear

4.5 out of 5 Stars

OCTOBER 14, 2020

Miss O'Keeffe
by Christine Taylor Patten,
Alvaro Cardona-Hine

4.5 out of 5 Stars

SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

Color: A Natural
History of the Palette

by Victoria Finlay

4.5 out of 5 Stars

AUGUST 12, 2020

Lisette's List

by Susan Vreeland

5 out of 5 Stars

JUNE ​10, 2020

Book: One Vacant Chair

by Joe Coomer

4 out of 5 Stars

​​​JULY 8, 2020

Just Kids

by Patti Smith​

4 out of 5 Stars

Welcome National WCA Members!

In partnership with the National Women's Caucus for Art, the Colorado Chapter of the WCA is opening up their book club to include all WCA members on a bi-monthly basis beginning on May 12, 2021. The book club was formed to foster understanding of women in the arts and their contributions. Books are chosen by members and discussed monthly via Zoom. The book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm Mountain Standard Time.

A few guidelines–

Please mute yourself until called on. Use the chat to pose questions. It isn't necessary to have read the book. Books chosen should be available at a public library, used, or via download. Newer books will be considered when they become available in paperback. WCA ratings for a past book club selection are tallied at the end of the discussion with the members present and rounded to the nearest whole number out of a total of 5.

If you are interested in–

  1. Co-hosting a meeting

  2. Recommending a book

For national book club, please contact WCACO member: Annette Coleman.​

For Colorado book club, contact WCACO Secretary: Deborah Deal-Blackwell

You can join the book club using the form on top left.

Sign up to be included in Book Club zoom notices

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