Activist grabs attention through hankies
An activist has found an innovative way to grab politicians attention through stitching hankies.
Sarah Corbett, 28, of Searles Close, Battersea embroidered a handkerchief with the words "Don't blow it" and delivered it to MP Jane Ellison.
The stitcher met Ms Ellison last Saturday, April 28, to tell her the UK Government must deliver on its international aid pledge.
Ms Corbett founded the Craftivist Collective in 2009 which now boasts 60 members, taking on projects such as stitching mini protest banners on everything from poverty to sweatshops.
She said: "It’s a really positive way of engaging with people. Because it’s handmade, it shows a lot of time, energy and thought about the issue went into it. It shows you really care. It’s also a positive way of encouraging someone to fulfil their potential as an MP.
"By raising awareness in a calm, non-preachy way and provoking discussion, we’re hoping to see a gradual behavioural change in people’s attitudes and actions.
"One billion people don’t have enough to eat and one in seven of us will go to bed hungry tonight. The system is bust, but it doesn’t have to be this way."
The campaigners latest projects include creating paper chain petitions and writing messages on bananas to tell people about The Arms Trade Treaty.
She is also stitching messages onto jam jars for Oxfam's Grow campaign for a world where everyone has enough to eat.
Those wanting to join in can purchase a hanky craft kit on craftivist-collective.com Visit oxfam.org.uk for more information on the charities latest campaigns