It’s been a stressful few days in the news, which makes us look to those who seek to draw people together – particularly people from different races, cultures and languages.
Textile artist Movana Chen recently held an exhibition at Los Angeles’ 14th Factory called “Knitting Conversations”. Chen asks friends and audiences to bring books they have read and found meaningful. She reads them, shreds them, and turns the resulting “magazine clothes” into fabric. She often teaches these participants to knit a few stitches and contribute to the whole. The garments and projects made from this fabric are then an ongoing cross-cultural, poly-lingual conversation.
Welsh fibre and stitching show Wonderwool Wales is asking crafters to contribute poppies – knitted, crocheted, woven, sewn, or felted – to a large-scale commemorative WWI display to be built in 2018. The aim is to create a “Curtain of Poppies” made up of 887,858 flowers, one for each person from the UK who died serving in the conflict. The Wonderwool Wales site is keeping a running tally of the poppies contributed to date.
Prisoners in South Africa’s Zonderwater Correctional Centre are knitting blanket squares which when laid together will form a portrait of Nelson Mandela, in commemoration of what would be Madiba’s 100th birthday. Over 150 inmates will participate, with the blankets going to others in the community in need.