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The Creative Instigator's Handbook

A DIY Guide to Making Social Change through Art

by (author) Leanne Prain

Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Reference, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
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From the co-creator of the seminal craftivism book Yarn Bombing: a guide for creatives to making impactful, socially engaged art projects.

Flash mobs come and go, but purposeful creativity can change communities. Are you a creative (aspiring or otherwise) who is curious about how you can apply your skills to activist, socially engaged art projects? Whether you paint, sew, sing, build, weld, or rhyme, The Creative Instigator's Handbook explores how to take that big project you've been dreaming about and actually make it happen.

In response to the challenging times that we live in, The Creative Instigator's Handbook will inspire readers to use their creativity to spur change in the world around them. Guiding readers through the various aspects of a project from ideation to final documentation, the book examines the relationship between creative leadership, community art projects, and social justice, and includes the perspectives of 23 creative instigators who have stretched the boundaries of what "art" should or shouldn't do.

The Creative Instigator's Handbook will appeal to creatives willing to expand their comfort zones by jumping into the fray and doing some outrageous, inspired rabble-rousing of their very own.

Full-colour throughout.

About the author

Leanne Prain is the co-author (with Mandy Moore) of Yarn Bombing (2009), now in its third printing, and the author of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery (2011). Her third book, Strange Material: Storytelling through Textiles, will be published in fall 2014. She co-founded a stitch and bitch called Knitting and Beer in order to expand her skills while knitting at the pub. A professional graphic designer, Leanne holds degrees in creative writing, art history, and publishing. She lives and knits in Vancouver.

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Editorial Reviews

A colourful guide that highlights people already using art for activism while laying out steps for readers to begin their own journey toward social change. -Vancouver Sun

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