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no one’s scared of a knitted gun of silver and plum mohair, right?

How about a nice knitted machine gun ?

Getting my knitted arsenal together for the exhibition at Kuusiston Taidekartano, Finland, where my talk on September 2, will be about dealing with our fears without resorting to violence.

The exhibition will run from  August 12- September 14, 2018

 

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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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