WWW: Saving Animals, Sculpture, Mending

I know a beagle mix who is those colors, too.

We’re animal lovers here at Knitty, and we were very amused and happy to see the launch of the new “Woof” yarn collection from Ancient Arts Fiber. The dyer, Caroline, loves animals too, and Woof is her second series of fundraiser yarns. Her first series, the Meow yarns, are colorways inspired by cats – there’s a black and white for the tuxedo cat, a lovely Russian blue, a terrific grey tabby colorway, and then an adorable pink “Kitten Nose”. A portion of the proceeds is donated to benefit stray and abandoned cats. In the USA donations are made to Best Friends Animal Society, in Canada and internationally donations are made to The Meow Foundation.

The new line has eight colors inspired by dogs. There’s Chocolate Lab and Weimeraner and German Shepherd and Golden Retriever and Scottie Dog, and a number of others. Again, a portion of hte proceeds will be donated to the Best Friends Animal Society, to benefit stray and abandoned dogs. The Saint Bernard colorway looks a lot like my boy Dexter, a former stray himself. You can fully expect to see me knitting with it in the near future…

Speaking of animal rescue, an organization in Australia has put out a call for crafters to make knitted or sewn pouches to help care for injured and abandoned wildlife.

Many of Australia’s native fauna species, such as kangaroos, gliders and wombats spend a significant part of their early development in their mothers’ pouches, and the organization is calling on people to donate knitted pouches made from natural fibres to help replicate that environment.

(You must see the picture that accompanies this article. Cutest thing ever.)

” the work looks at and comments on reductive modernist sculpture and figurative sculpture”

I enjoyed this interview with artist Andrew MacDonald. He’s a sculptor who works predominantly with knitted textiles, either as coverings for more conventional sculptures, or on their own, as “stuffed” sculptures.

In his words,

Textiles, as I use them reference the body and its frailties, physical and mental. The knitted “skins” that operate as the covering of my work, are like veils that are stretched over a variety of forms.

This line of  art began with the impluse purchase of a “crazy” machine-knitted sweater at a local Value Village. The sweater sat in his studio for weeks, and another impulse – pulling the sweater over an upside down garbage can – opened up a whole new direction in his work. Although at first he relied on buying sweaters and other knit fabrics, he eventually bought his own knitting machine so he could create his own shapes and fabrics.

Tom van Deijnen – “Wear your darn like a badge of honour”. Photograph: Tom van Deijnen

The Guardian newspaper in the UK has started a series on mending garments, starting with a lesson on how to sew on a button. The art of mending – with a view to extending the life of your clothes – was in danger of being lost, but the recent rise in popularity of sewing is bringing these important skills back.


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