"The Nike Blanket Petition started with learning how to crochet. I was interested in the tradition of pre-industrial crafts, tacit knowledge, learning to make stuff with my grandmother. I then met up with a local craft group and they agreed to help. Gradually more and more people participated."
Cat Mazza is an artist whose work combines craft with digital media to explore the overlaps between textiles, technology and labor. She is the founder of microRevolt, a web-based project that hosts the freeware knitPro.
Combining popular practices, historical investigations and electronic social networks, microRevolt updates the long heritage of sewing as a communication tool and it shows in a paradoxical, though very practical way what feminization of manual labor is and how global economies work.