It's a performance stroke educational stroke interactive event. We thought that it would be fun to host an event with several layers. Craftivista Social Club is an homage and play of words to the Buenavista Social Club,the Cuban music collective. As a collective ourselves we share the same spirit of freedom,rebellion and passion for creativity plus we're very much craftivists! Apart from the D.I.Y. craft night which we host on a monthly basis in E17 we thought it would be great to add a free dance workshop, a DJ, burlesque dancer and a live band.
Because of the popularity of craft within alternative culture there's been a funny kind of marriage between craft, punk,rockabilly and vintage hence the mix of acts and variety of performers at our event. Also we thought there aren't enough evening events on the Trail! Also it's a bargain at only £3 to get in.
2.How many times have you taken part in the Trail?
As Craft Guerrilla this is our 3rd year! We did "Arts for the Artless", "Craftea Party" and now "The Craftivista Social Club".
3. What kind of things inspire you to create art?
I have to say that everything is an inspiration but especially people/humanity and their mark on nature, the environment and society.
4. What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
Trying to find funding has been a big difficulty. Even when you go through reputable providers you're faced with a torrent of idiocy! What we managed has had to be done through calling a lot of favours and peoples generosity. Our event is done on a shoe string budget.
5. Who are your favourite artists?
Because we are many in the collective it's pretty hard to choose but personally top 3 are: Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo and Pure Evil.
6. Please tell us two things you really like about Walthamstow?
Because it's quite insular you get to know quite a few people so we always see a group of friendly faces at our events plus people are really proud of the area and being part of such a creative community!
7. Please tell us one thing you wish Walthamstow had?
The obvious...a Cinema and not so obvious...a Lido!