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Ornamentum Lecture Series: Craftivism since 2001  

While the portmanteau “craftivism” was coined in 2001, the method of activist craft has existed since time immemorial. Join craft historian and writer, Mary Callahan (MC) Baumstark, in exploring the ancient and contemporary roots of craftivism, specifically in the UK, Australia, Canada, and US since 2001. This presentation will touch on popular and academic understandings of craftivism, as well as the different types of craftivism, before offering practical solutions for engaging with, curating, and supporting craftivist projects.

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7PM (EST)

Image Top: MC Baumstark's The Menstrual Brooch Project, 2019

Image bottom: MC Baumstark

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(Complimentary registration for members and subscribers of Ornamentum magazine. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.ornamentum.ca


Mary Callahan (MC) Baumstark is an artist, writer, and art administrator with her MA in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories from OCAD University and her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana. She is the Executive Director of the Lewistown Art Center, and an independent writer for publications like Studio Magazine, craft anthologies and most recently guest editor of Ornamentum magazine (Fall/Winter 2022).

This lecture is sponsored in part by: 

We would also thank the following in-kind partners for their contribution to promote the event:

Craft Council of BC                          Craft Ontario                Alberta Craft Council 

Manitoba Craft Council             Craft Nova Scotia

Saskatchewan Craft Council           Craft New Brunswick

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