Ornamentum Lecture Series: Craftivism since 2001

MC Baumstark’s The Menstrual Brooch Project, 2019

Ornamentum Lecture Series: Craftivism since 2001

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7PM (EDT)
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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 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.

MC Baumstark


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).

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