Peter Moosman is a local anti-tobacco advocate. He is also a talented crafter, using his skills to create everything for his movement from picket signs to t-shirts. I caught up with Peter to ask him about his unique style of craftivism.
1- Starting off, tell us what Project:1200 is and how you use your craft skills to get things done?
A: Project:1200 is a grassroots movement taking a stand against Big Tobacco. We empower through education, expose Big Tobacco’s lies and manipulation through underground activism, and bring about political and social change by petitioning legislators. Since we are still a rather small movement, we are broke. This is a bittersweet opportunity for me to use my creative side for any and all materials needed regarding our organization
2- What are some of the things you have handmade for your movement?
A: Spray paint and stencils are my best friends when it comes to activism! I have made countless amounts of signs for rallies, protests, and visits to the capitol. One of my favorite signs was made out of an old door. I painted it, slapped a message on it, and strapped it to the top of my car and drove around SLC spreading the word!
I also like to consider myself a little bit of a seamster. I like to stitch stuff onto clothes to make myself a walking billboard for
Project:1200. I also stitched the name onto my laptop case. Needless to say, practically everywhere I go, people see the name of Project:1200.
3- What other things do you make that aren’t necessarily for your movement?
A: I like to think that I am somewhat an anti-establishmentarian, which leaves me to make my own stuff, rather than buy it. I save old clothes and make random stuff out of them. I have made shirts, ties, bracelets, watch bands, pants, and I am even working on some shoes made out of old tires and canvas.
Not too long ago, I was fortunate enough to learn how to screen-print, so that is another medium I like to use as well. I have to do it by hand, so not much gets done with screen-printing, but it is fun when I get the chance!
4- What advice do you have for others who want to create a movement but don’t have a lot of money.
A: Join the club! I am an unemployed activist that has to re-use and recycle things. A lot of my shirts have prints on the outside AND the inside because I don’t have the money to buy a new one. My picket signs have messages on both sides. Even with the door I mentioned earlier, I got it out of someone’s garbage.
My advice is to definitely find a cause worth fighting for, and promote it. Don’t be too concerned about money. We humans always have stuff laying around the house that we don’t really use anymore. If we don’t, someone around us does! Don’t get rid of old clothes. Turn them inside out or cut them up and make it new! Why be a walking billboard for someone else, when you can be your own canvas, spreading your own message?
5- And how can someone find out more about Project 1200?
A: We would love for you to learn more and join by checking out our group on facebook by typing “Project:1200” in the search bar, following us on twitter at twitter.com/project1200, and reading up on our blog: ProjectTwelveHundred.blogspot.com