Betsy Greer has been called a lot of things, a crafter, an activist, an unsung hero, the godmother of craftivism, among other things.
After speaking on the same morning in 2011 at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Glenn Adamson noted he had never been asked to speak with a "more perfect foil." While one day she wants to live in a cottage by the seaside, she currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
She got her M.A. in Sociology from Goldsmiths College in London in 2004. Her master's dissertation was on knitting, DIY culture and community development.
In November 2008, her first book, Knitting For Good! was published by Roost Books. The book is a guide to how to use your knitting and creativity to improve your life, the lives of those in your community and the world at large. It's also about life and its surprises.
While currently working full time on issues regarding workers' rights, she's been freelancing... A little writing, (including currently working on a craftivism anthology to be published in May 2014 by Arsenal Pulp!), a little volunteering (for Emerge Global), a little editing, a little brainstorming and a little speaking at places like Corcoran College of Art + Design, Design Academy Eindhoven, Fabrica, the University of Huddersfield, Unravel, the V&A, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, and The Women's Library among others.
She writes about craftivism,* craft, creativity, the positive side of activism, the squirmy chaos of identity, the psychological ick of PTSD (from both a personal diagnosed and a therapeutic perspective), among other things. Sometimes, however, she writes about all those things at once.
*The advent of craftivism was placed on American Craft's list of important events in the past 70 years of the handmade!
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