Crafts and Justice
I would rather make a rosary than pray one.
But one is considered a spiritual practice and the other one arts and crafts
Learn how I blur the lines between arts and crafts and justice in my newest book, Practically Divine.
Making things can be both an Act of Revolution and a Means of Healing
I have been crafting and creating business for most of my life.
I grew into believing I could create new things from the broken—candles out of used crayons, rugs from old T-shirts, and storage containers out of beaten appliances using floral Con-Tact paper.
In arts and crafts, we are creators who participate in the healing process. We don’t have to be heroic problem solvers or control an uncontrollable environment. The work of revolutionary crafting balances the space between pragmatic and poetic.
It is respectful, it is historical, it is good. It is divine.
We find value in ourselves. We become proud of what we have made and delight in its beauty.
Maybe we were born for the intersection of crafts and justice
Like Chilean mothers making tapestries from the clothing of their missing children to protest their country’s human rights violations.
Like refugee women weaving welcome mats from life jackets they were forced to buy to escape war-torn Syria. Earning income to stitch their lives back together.
Like women in Mexico who spin clay into revenue to build schools, change laws, and overcome gang violence.
Like thousands of quilt squares covering the Washington Mall to raise funds for AIDS research.
We can rise up. We can make it.
Download the Practically Divine chapter on crafting & justice here
Becca Stevens is an author, social justice leader, priest, and the founder and president of Thistle Farms, based in Nashville, Tennessee. From knitting to pottery, Becca’s love for crafting and social justice led her to start Thistle Farms, a nonprofit that raises up global artisans and advocates for the physical, mental and economic freedom of women survivors.
Recognized as a Top 10 CNN Hero and a White House Champion of Change, she has experienced and listened to stories from women all over the world—finding healing in even the most challenging circumstances.
Becca’s latest book, Practically Divine serves to show how—in real life, in all its darkness and lightness, and in real people, in all their brokenness and giftedness—we can find, experience, and share love. Her work is her joy.