Calling all knitters: Knitting becomes centre stage as an ‘art’ installation and is looking for recruits

I’ve just come across this article and recruitment plea in The Independent 14 July 2012:

‘Observations: Be a work of art. It’s not a stitch-up.’

Please take a look and act fast if you’re at all interested in taking part in an unusual knitting experience. It sounds fab and really puts knitting and crocheting in the limelight.

If you are not to be one of the lucky few knitters taking part in the installation, or prefer to do yours in secret! – you may be interested in visiting to see what it’s all about instead. I won’t get chance unfortunately but would love to hear from anyone who goes.

‘The Russian Art Show: The Best of the Innovatsia Prize’, Calvert 22, London E2 (www.calvert22.org) 25 Jul to 16 Sept

Update: ‘Pauls Handmade Revolution’ coming to our screens in the Autumn

The makers of Flog It are making a craft related programme called Pauls Handmade Revolution to celebrate amateur designers and makers in craft land (mentioned in my previous blog). Interviews in Birmingham are being held this weekend – and mine was yesterday……

I nearly didn’t go because 1) it would be at least 6 hours driving time, 2) £100 in fuel and 3) they would be filming it! Shouldn’t be a surprise really but for someone like me who feels very awkward in family pics, it was a major issue.

Anyway I had a good talk to myself and decided to go to see what it was all about, and how glad am I that I did. The interviews were held in an open room and we were given approximately 5 minutes to talk about our craft, specific craft items which we had taken, motivation, influences and hopes for how to take our craft forward. There was also an emphasis on how it dovetailed in with making a living from our ‘real job’. This was done in front of the other ‘contestants’ which although daunting, gave an insight into what drives people and what they get from their craft. It also showed me the diversity of ‘craft’ and was eye-opening.

What became evident is that craft not only creates things to be bought and admired. It provides a currency for trading skills and items when finances are short; it’s  an outlet for self-expression in those who struggle relating to others and the world at times; it helps develop our sense of self and rebuilds confidence and self-esteem following a significant loss; and it’s a reason to get up and dressed in the morning when ‘another’ job interview fails. Inspirational, life affirming and probably the best reasons for crafting.

Good luck everyone, and like they said, we did really well to get this far x

Patterns available for lovely cosies

If you’ve liked my kit designs for contemporary cosies, I have now made my patterns available as stand alone products which are available from my on-line shops.

The pattern will talk you through – from equipment needed to aftercare advice which will keep your cosy beautiful. Support is also available to complete your cosy if required.

HAPPY KNITTING!