Ongoing: #SayItWithStitchGY – Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

#SayItWithStitchGY is a Great Yarmouth arts project inspired by Craftivism raising awareness of environmental issues through textile arts. It is led by Rachel Harrison, Carol Desborough, Clare Southern and myself, and supported by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust.

Project background

Craftivism (craft + activism) is a worldwide movement which incorporates gentle activism with craft, specifically sewing and textile arts. Betsy Greer, who coined the term in 2003, describes Craftivism as “a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite”.

The Great Yarmouth-based #SayItWithStitchGY project champions environmental causes which are relevant to the local area. The aim is to raise awareness of issues, such as marine pollution and litter, through positive and inspirational mediums. The project is delivered through pop-up workshops around Great Yarmouth and wider Norfolk.

Events & workshops

July 2019

Join us on Monday 1st July from 10am to 2pm on Great Yarmouth beach. We’ll be stitching environmental messages and designs onto an upcycled windbreaker using recycled materials. We’ll meet at Munchies beach café at 10am before going down to one of the beach huts which we’ll be working from for the day.

May 2019

We led a pop-up mini-banner making workshop at Chillspot youth club for young people in Great Yarmouth, led by MAP Mancroft Advice Project.

February 2019

  • Thursday 14th February 10:30am-12:30pm at Great Yarmouth Library: Show Your Love: Thoughtful Textiles Session – free drop-in stitching session
  • Saturday 23rd February 10am-4pm at Norfolk Makers Festival, The Forum Norwich – free drop-in mini-banner making session. Find out more

October 2018

Join us on Monday 1st October from 10:30am to 12:30am at St George’s Theatre café, Great Yarmouth for a free drop-in workshop – free, including all materials!

sayit poster - St Georges 1st Oct 2018

July-August 2018

Exhibition 160 at Skippings Gallery, 133 King Street will host a #SayItWithStitchGY drop-in. The exhibition is open from Saturday 28th July until Friday 3rd August, 10am to 4pm.

June 2018

This month, we are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding from Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund for #SayItWithStitchGY! The funding will be used for materials and costs for our pop-up workshops and events.

April-May 2018

Artwork and textile provocations from the #SayItWithStitchGY project will feature in ‘Space a Waste’ exhibition at Skippings Gallery, King Street, Great Yarmouth from Tuesday 24th April to Tuesday 1st May. Plus, drop-in to a weekend of mini-banner making activities on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April at Skippings Gallery. Create a Craftivism-inspired mini-banner for only £3!