LoveCrafts to add two patterns to their Black change-makers collection
In honour of Black History Month, leading crafts supplier LoveCrafts, who have previously partnered with Black Makers Matter to celebrate 12 of modern history’s most inspirational movers and shakers, is looking to add two patterns to their Black change-makers collection.
Designed by a host of fantastic Black makers, the collection features icons like Professor Angela Davis, Stormzy, Michelle Obama and Chadwick Boseman, among others.
This year, LoveCrafts asks the nation – who should be added to the collection? They will then commission a designer to make them into knit or crochet patterns for people to make their very own inspirational Black Change Makers. Proceeds from patterns will go to BIPOC in Fiber and Sewing for Social Justice in America.
The 12 people currently in LoveCraft’s Black change-makers collection:
Professor Angela Davis
Angela Davis is an American political activist, academic, philosopher and author. Early on in her career as an activist, Davis spoke up, expressing her opposition to the Vietnam War, racism, sexism, the prison system, and in support of gay rights and other social justice movements.
British rapper Stormzy is known not only for his songwriting skills, but his advocacy for racial equality. In the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, Stormzy pledged to donate £1 million a year for the next ten years to charities and organisations committed to fighting racial inequality. Stormzy has also partnered with publishers Penguin Random House to launch a new imprint #Merky Books as a home for underrepresented voices.
Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed away earlier in 2020, is remembered as an incredible American actor, best known for his starring role as T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, the first Black lead in a MCU film.
His voice and performance in Black Panther has undeniably shaken up the film industry and shone a light on the incredible talent in the Black community and highlighted the lack of opportunities for Black talent on screen.
The English model and activist, named Change maker of the Year by Cosmopolitan in 2018, Munroe uses her voice to champion and campaign for Transgender rights. She joined UN Women UK in 2019 in support of the #DrawALine campaign, which focuses on putting a stop to Female Genital Mutilation.
The first African-American First Lady, attorney, author and all-around change-maker, Michelle Obama is an inspiration to millions. A Princeton University and Harvard Law graduate, Michelle Obama has worked for non-profits and advocated for change on a number of social issues, including poverty, education and health.
Having launched numerous campaigns such as Let Girls Learn, an initiative aimed at helping girls around the world go to school and stay in school, Michelle Obama’s changemaker status is well-earned.
The American activist who created the #MeToo movement in 2006 to help those who have experienced sexual assault and violence. Over a decade later, the Me Too movement continues to give a voice to victims and has inspired change. Burke is also the Senior Director for Girls for Gender Equity, which strives to support the development of young women of colour through various programmes.
The professional footballer, Marcus Rashford who plays for Manchester United and England, became one of the voices of hope during the global pandemic.
Following imposed lockdown restrictions in the UK, Rashford teamed up with FareShare to deliver meals to those in Greater Manchester who would no longer be able to access free school meals. He also set up the Child Food Poverty Task Force, championing the end of child poverty.
Well known for her role on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black as Sophia Burset, Cox became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy award and has become a trailblazer for the transgender community.
In 2019, Laverne Cox was also awarded an honourary doctorate from The New School in New York for her progressive work in the fight for gender equality.
Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors is an artist and an activist. Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman after the murder of Trayvon Martin, Patrisse and two friends created #BlackLivesMatter, launching a global movement. Patrisse Cullors continues to stand up and voice her support for social justice movements.
Colin Kaepernick is a civil rights activist and American football player. Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem at an NFL game in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States; this small act of defiance sparked a much larger conversation.
Colin Kaepernick has also pledged to donate $1 million to organisations working in oppressed communities and has also founded the “Know Your Rights Camp”, which holds free seminars to disadvantaged youths to teach them about self-empowerment, American history, and legal rights
John Boyega is a British-Nigerian actor, producer and activist, best known for his role as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Following the murder of George Floyd, Boyega gave a memorable and empowering speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park, London that has inspired millions. He has also spoken openly about his experiences of racism working in the film industry.
Oprah Winfrey is a talk show host, actress, author, producer and philanthropist. Oprah has been named one of the world’s most influential people and has used her voice to fight for change.
In 2018, Winfrey donated $500,000 to the student demonstration, March for Our Lives in support of more gun control in the US. She has donated more than $400 million to educational causes over the years and has donated a further $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Edward Griffith, CEO and Founder, LoveCrafts: “For Black History Month we wanted to create something that had a lasting impact. Last year, the Black Lives Matter movement spurred a cry for global change, and the craft industry needs to be part of this change.
“In collaboration with Black Makers Matter, we launched a collection celebrating modern history’s most inspirational Black voices as voted for by the public. Our designers created some amazing patterns and you can recognise each face right away!
“Crafters have had so much fun making them, plus we’ve raised some money for two fantastic charities, BIPOC in Fiber and Sewing for Social Justice. This year, we’re going to add another two patterns to the collection. We’re asking the public to vote for their most inspiring Black change-makers, and we can’t wait to see who they choose!”