Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism

A lively conversation with prolific authors/designers/makers Betsy Greer, Leanne Prain, and Kim Werker. Moderated by Portland's own educator and illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt.

In this panel discussion, these influential authors will share the connections among their new books. Betsy Greer ("Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism"), Leanne Prain ("Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles") and Kim Werker ("Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty") will also answer audience questions following their conversation with Kate Bingaman-Burt.

BETSY GREER is a writer, a maker, and a researcher, and the author of "Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism" and "Knitting for Good! A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change Stitch by Stitch". She runs the blog and believes that creativity and positive activism can save not only the soul, but also the world. Betsy lives in Arlington, VA and can be found on Twitter @craftivista.

KIM PIPER WERKER is the author of "Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty". Kim teaches hands-on and discussion-based Mighty Ugly workshops and lecture-conversations that help people confront creative demons, experiment with new approaches to creative expression, and build confidence in what they make and do. She is also the author or coauthor of several crochet books, including "Crochet Me" and "Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting". She lives in Vancouver, BC. Find her at and on Twitter at @kpwerker.

LEANNE PRAIN is a knitter, author of "Strange Material: Storytelling through Textiles" and "Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery", and co-author of "Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit & Crochet Graffiti" (with Mandy Moore). A professional graphic designer, Leanne holds degrees in creative writing, art history, and publishing. She lives and crafts in Vancouver, BC and can be found at or on Twitter @LeannePrain.

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Betsy Greer, Leanne Prain, & Kim Werker

Betsy, Leanne, & Kim are prolific authors, designers, makers, & crafters. They are touring the US in support of their 3 new books.

  • Sunday, October 05
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM