Bearded Guerrilla Crochet Artists in Barcelona

A friend sent me this and I think it’s pretty cool.

A group of guerilla crochet artists in Barcelona crocheted beards, roped themselves into a little spot, and held a demonstration on the streets about the lack of men doing crafts. Here’s a site (in Spanish) detailing the project.

http://duduadudua.blogspot.com/2011/04/la-cronica-de-la-5a-guerrilla-de.html

So it turns out that someone saw the demonstration, decided to have them entered into a street art competition. Here is an album of them at the competition. They got 2nd place and received a giant check for 2,500 euro.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150253772121412.369646.43332106411

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Photos – “Something in the Water Exhibit” in Pittsburgh, PA

When I crocheted a breast for the Something in the Water exhibit, I didn’t think I’d actually get to see it.

But I recently flew up to Pittsburgh to help my grandma move, so off I went to the Jewish Museum to check out the exhibit. It was pretty cool to see the final creation of all the breasts sewn together!

Here are photos of the exhibit

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Next to the reef of breasts, there was a map showing where all the participants in the project are from. Most are from the US, but there were also breasts sent from Australia, Brazil, and the Philippines.

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Can you find me? I’m the only one from Austin, TX and there’s a photo of me wearing my crocheted breast as a hat.
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An explanation of the exhibit is below, but I’m not sure how easy it is to read it…so I’ll replicate it here:

When I learned that mothers are passing toxins to their newborns through breast milk, it hit me like a ton of bricks. How could we have let this most sacred rite be tainted with such disregard for the world’s resources?

Plastic, the most prevalent component of ocean debris, threatens life on earth because it persists so long in the water. Over time, plastic breaks down into tinier and tinier bits that actually absorb other toxic chemicals. Fish that eat plankton feed mistakenly on these particles. Toxins then leach into fish tissues as they work their way up the food chain. Scientists believe that some of the toxins commonly found in breast milk may have originated from this source.

It occurred to me that many women who like to crochet and/or who have environmental concerns might be interested in participating in an international, collaborative eco-art project to address this issue. The response was overwhelming! Three groups formed in Pittsburgh and from there it spread as far as Brazil, Australia, and the Philippines. Visit our blog (H20forall.blogspot.com) to find out more about the project.

Special thanks to all participants!

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Something in the Water Exhibit

Tonight is the opening night for the Something In the Water exhibit I collaborated on (referred to in a previous post – here).

A message from Wendy Osher, who organized the crocheted breast project:
Dear Out of Town SIW Crocheters,
Here is the email I sent out to local people. Tonight is the opening. Wish you all could be here. I have your photos posted with a world map indicating where everyone lives as well as all your names and locations on the collaborator list. I will send some photos of the installation soon. After 30 people hrs trying to install the piece on a genie lift, we had to reinvent the installation and float it just off the ground. We were not going to be able to complete it before the deadline when it was hanging from the 30′ ceiling. But it looks really great. Thank you all!

Maybe my most ambitious project to date, Something in the Water, a collaboration with women across the country and abroad who crocheted breast shapes from plastic bags, is on view for the first time Saturday evening. Please join us!

Don’t miss this opportunity to see how fifteen artists’ face water issues in their own ways in. Too Shallow For Diving/The 21st Century is Treading Water. This is my first experience with the wonders of a viral project on the internet.
Please join me!
Wendy
TOO SHALLOW FOR DIVING: THE 21ST CENTURY IS TREADING WATER
AMERICAN JEWISH MUSEUM OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH MAY 16 – JULY 28, 2011
OPENING SATURDAY, MAY 14TH, 7 – 9 P.M.
CURATOR’S TALK: CAROLYN SPERANZA at 7:30 P.M.
PERFORMANCE: VANESSA GERMAN at 8:00 P.M.
THE ARTISTS:
Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, Jim Denney, Vanessa German, Prudence Gill, Jamie Gruzska, Richard Harned, Roger Laib, Lisa Link
Maritza Mosquera, Wendy Osher, Ann T. Rosenthal and Steffi Domike, Carolyn Speranza and Frank Ferraro, David Stairs
Additional information can be found at: http://www.jccpgh.org/page/ajm

Here are some photos of the crocheted plastic bag breast I contributed. I think it looks more like a hat than a breast.
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Knitted Wonderland at the Blanton Museum: The Exhibit is Up!

Our exhibit is up!

This past Friday, Lela and I gathered at the Blanton Museum with all our fellow crocheters/knitters/weavers to sew up our tree sweaters.

The exhibit should be up for a few weeks.

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Heather Sutherland, organizer of the Knotty Knitters meetup group, was in charge of crocheting directional arrows on trees around the UT campus.

And here’s a map showing where ours is in the grand scheme of things. We’re tree #55.

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It looks like this. Yay!

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As soon as our tree was all wrapped up, an ant came by to inspect it.

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Here are closeups of some of the other trees:

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More pics of the event can be found here.

Previous posts about this event can be found here:

https://bagsbegone.com/2011/01/20/knitted-wonderland-at-the-blanton-museum-of-art-in-austin-tx/

https://bagsbegone.com/2011/02/10/knitted-wonderland-project-update/

Calling All Plastic Bag Crocheters: Make Some Plastic Bag Breasts!

Fellow plastic bag crocheter Wendy Osher is working on an interesting eco-art project that involves crocheting used plastic bags into breast shapes.
The project aims to highlight our dependency on plastic bags and their contribution to the toxins in our water (that is then passed on to infants through mothers’ breast milk). This project will be displayed in an art exhibition about water on May 2011 at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

In preparation for the exhibit, Wendy is collecting crocheted plastic bag breasts! All contributions must be received by April 1 so that she can join them all together into a floating reef. Everyone who contributes will be acknowledged for their collaboration and it just sounds like a really fun project to get involved with. I plan to send her a breast. Do you crochet or know someone who does? Why not make a breast too?

You can learn more about this project, how to get involved, and specific project guidelines at Wendy’s site: Something In the Water.

*Wendy recommends using H-J sized hooks, so that the shapes are tightly crocheted and take on more sculptural forms. And her main submission guideline is that the colors the nipple strongly contrast with the rest of the breast.

To get an idea of what a crocheted breast looks like, I found a few photos on her site:

Knitted Wonderland Project Update

Lela and I have been hard at work on our tree sweater for the Knitted Wonderland art installation.

I finished the top half of the tree trunk, creating random strips in Tunisian crochet.

Lela is being more systematic about her half and is knitting nice color coordinated pinstripes.

We met up last weekend for an initial fitting and it looks great so far!

It’s been a fun project, but much more labor intensive than I expected. I’m sure everyone uses different terminology to refer to it…but here’s how it’s being described by Austin 360:

‘This is the museum’s contribution for “Explore UT,” the University of Texas’ annual open house. The “Knitted Wonderland” project is a collaboration with Magda Sayeg, the Austin knitter behind recent instances of “knit graffiti” such as the Lamar Boulevard underpass, and similar commissions all over the world.

Borrowing the vernacular of graffiti to talk about a monster team of knitters who adorn public objects is definitely a stretch, but it probably sounds a lot cooler to say you’re “yarn-bombing” 99 trees at the Blanton than to say you’re laboring for 20 to 40 hours to cover a tree for the sake of arts and crafts.’

The full article can be found here.

Knitted Wonderland at The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX

The Blanton Museum of Art (at the the University of Texas at Austin) will soon be exhibiting “Knitted Wonderland,” a knitted art project that involves knitting colorful, striped cozys for 93 trees in the Blanton courtyard. This is a community project initiated by Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta Please. She has done some pretty cool stuff all around the world, which you can check out hereThis one is probably my favorite.

Anyway, over 100 people showed up for the initial meeting, so some of us will be working in pairs. Here is a picture of everyone measuring their trees in the courtyard.

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My friend and knitting buddy, Lela, and I will be working together on our tree: #55.

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We finally acquired the yarn and will be meeting up tomorrow to start knitting! I’ll post about our progress as it develops.

You can also stay updated on the project through the Knitted Wonderland Facebook page.

Junk to Funk Trashion Collective in Portland, Oregon

Junk to Funk is having its 5th year anniversary party, “Transformation”, on Feb 5th in Portland, Oregon. I wish I could be there for it, as it sounds amazing!

Details below:

Join us for the Junk to Funk Trashion Collective’s 5th year anniversary party “Transformation” on Saturday, February 5th.  This celebration will be a gallery installation showcase featuring new recycled fashion garments from our top “House of Trashion” and “Trashioneer” designers to provide a fun, new way to experience trashion off the runway; up close and personal.  The event will also serve as the re-launch of the Junk to Funk Trashion Collective, highlighting our new programs and upcoming projects.

And for a bio of Lindsey Newkirk, the co-founder and ‘Chief Instigator’ of Junk to Funk, check it out this page.

Crocheted Plastic Bag Bags

I made a few new crocheted plastic bag bags recently. I gave the pink one to my sister and the blue one to my boss.

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I usually just string the colors together randomly, but this time I wanted to try something slightly different.

So for the blue bag, I tried to be systematic about stringing the colors in a particular order. The resulting pattern looked like plaid diagonal stripes. I think it turned out pretty cool!

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