Archives for the month of: March, 2018

 Here at Island Creek Forest Walk, the scenery looks like a cross between an ancient Japanese moss garden and “Lord of the Rings.”

The cypress “knees” have given me an idea for my next yarn bombing project. If anyone wants to join me, let me know!

the bald cypress “knees” following the path

bald cypress clinging to the river bank, reflected in the black water

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Back on the Roosevelt Trail…

……..the knitted tags are growing

 

The original yarn bomb

And then there were two…

I met lynn while she was waiting for chemo in the infusion room. She was a complete beginner, as most of our participants are, and is starting to weave blocks together by twisting the yarns between each section.

Chipper’s 2nd tapestry completed. He was playing with creating warp lines.

It’s been 10 months since we started our free monthly drop-in tapestry class, and we are starting to build up a solid group of participants. I’m learning to offer adaptive techniques- such as using a big darning needle to weave if there are difficulties with pushing the weft between the warp ends.

Dot has almost completed her tapestry; next month she plans to mount it in a wooden frame. She says she has just the right place to display it- beside a ceramic vase with the same colors as the tapestry

Nona is almost done- or so she says..

Slowly but surely, tapestries are being completed, different techniques are incorporated and concerns about presentation are explored. Our next session is  April 13.

Chipper’s first tapestry- which he has since mounted on a canvas and calls”American Devil“. 

Hedy has her own loom at home where she weaves bulky tapestries with lots of texture. I am trying to persuade her to bring her tapestries to class, so we can all see them and admire them too.

Imagine a Better Future…at the Kuusisto Art Manor in Finland

August 12-September 14, 2018

I am very excited and honored to be invited to participate in the upcoming Art Exhibition at the Kuusisto Art Manor, located in South-Western Finland, 170 km west from Helsinki, and 17 km from Turku and Parainen.  I will be showing a collection of knitted guns.

The only moment to make a better future is now

Name of artwork: Sparky: 7mm semi -automatic knitted pistol. Size: 6 ¼“ x 5 ½” x 1” (16 cm x 14cm x 4cm) materials: black knitting yarn (mixed fibers) and silver metallic yarn, poly fill stuffing

Name of artwork: Pumpkin Princess: 7mm semi-automatic knitted pistol 5 ½” x 5” x 1” (14 cm x 13cm x 4cm) materials:100% orange mohair yarn black yarn(mixed fibers) poly fill stuffing

Imagine a future where we have the courage to address our fears and paranoia without threatening to kill each other. Here in USA, the gun lobby spent more than $30 million in the 2016 elections. Since 9/11, guns have been promoted as the  “ American “ way to protect oneself in a harsh and unforgiving society- as in the Wild West, where without a gun, you could not survive. Restricting the sale of guns is seen as taking away individual freedoms, leaving citizens vulnerable and helpless against what they see as destructive outside forces. To defeat this fear and to take the guns out of our schools, churches, nightclubs, hospitals, movie theatres, restaurants, people have to communicate their fears without grabbing a gun as the answer.

What if we transform the gun from a weapon of destruction, into a knitted object that can never cause any harm or pain. Why knitted? Knitting activities are in essence, all about sharing and promoting love, caring, protection. Imagine a grandmother or mother knitting by the fireside, knitting socks, hats or baby blankets. It is the image of peace, safety, warmth and comfort. The knitting stitch itself is a metaphor for our connection with each other- a continuous loop that holds us together, still flexible enough to stretch. Every loop is vital in the construction of the fabric- without all the loops holding each other together- the fabric unravels, and cannot function. If we can face our fears together in a community that is in a supportive, safe and protected environment, we can imagine and will have a better future.

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