Knit that Shit!
November 18, 2009
The chilly weather always makes me want to put on my softest pajamas, sip hot cocoa, and start knitting my balls off! I’m not a very good knitter, though. At all. But I still like to do it. And I’m a big-time knitter appreciater. I love how two sticks and a string can make almost anything: knit sweaters, knit ties, knit socks, knit Teddy bears. And now, knit graffiti! Right now, I’m drooling over the art of KnittaPlease, a knit graffiti crew that does incredible work like this:
Magda Sayeg is the lady that started the original knit graffiti crew, and I like how she works:
to redefine a craft that has been relegated to the stuffy attic of people’s brains and dismissed by a limited vision for knitting’s purpose, its function, its practitioners. Sayeg’s work repositions this granny pastime in public spaces, streets formerly dominated by a hard, masculine public art culture. The fuzzy tags invoke entirely different connotations, antagonizing expectations and initiating dialogue about community-driven art and intersections between art and craft.
To me, it’s all about finding the beauty in the under-appreciated. Know what I mean?