Betsy Greer has been called a lot of things, among them a crafteran unsung hero, and the godmother of craftivism. 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 Durham, North Carolina.

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 many surprises.

In 2014, Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism, an anthology of 33 distinct craftivist voices from around the world, was published by Arsenal Pulp. By showing how different people interpret the construct of craftivism, this book also works towards helping others use their own unique talents as a force for good.

Currently, she writes, edits, and dreams up creative projects with others. You can learn more about those endeavors over on her freelance site, hellobetsygreer.com. Along with these activities, she also has delivered lectures around the world, at places like Corcoran College of Art + Design, Design Academy Eindhoven, Fabrica Gallery, The Women’s Library, University of Huddersfield, Unravel, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, and the V&A.

Discussing how individuals use (and can use) their creativity for the greater good is her mightiest love, whether it’s one on one over coffee or to an auditorium full of people. Inspiring others to creatively use their talents is beyond dreamy, it’s downright magical. If you’d like to dream up something together or share your ideas, please get in touch!

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