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/

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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.