Friday, February 22, 2008

Signs of Spring

The mental sap is running. After ignoring a tapestry-in-process for many months, I am weaving it again. My loom at the shop is warped, and in odd moments I am experimenting with high twist wool crepe yarns from Habu. And also with more loom controlled shibori too. One warp, many ideas. And I got a violent brain storm for a project for a "socially engaged art" exhibit that I know will be coming in June of this year. I am not sure I have time to execute my plan, but I am having a great time thinking it through. Also, Woven Art and I were happily sucked into a collaborative project together with other area knitters. In response to a call for art from The International Fiber Collaborative
Tracy A. came up with a knitted design fits the bill. The project requires a 3 foot by 3 foot square of fabric made by fiber artists. It could be knit, crocheted, woven, quilted, etc. These squares will be collected and sewn together into a very large covering for a gas station outside of Syracuse, NY. We have ours started:

See how there are four balls of (corn based)yarn, and four sets of needles? This means that four knitters will work on this together, to make the square. Knitting all at the same time. I find this to be a very cool way to remember that we are all in this together, and it will take cooperation to solve our energy problems. The square is currently at Woven Art in East Lansing, and you are hereby officially invited to come knit on the square. We will need many hands to finish it in time for the March 12 deadline! This coming Sunday will be an ideal day for knitters to gather, please come!

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