Green Man 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Our festival knitting tent tour stopped off last weekend at the wonderful Green Man festival, nestling in the Brecon Beacons near Crickhowell. For once it didn’t rain (much) which meant our festival knitting activities went at full swing all weekend. Big thanks to Verity, Kate and Tim for their sterling assistance and knit/crochet tuition.

Once again (like at Latitude) we invited people to knit ‘ribbons’: long, narrow strips of knitting approximately 6cm wide. Each ribbon was knitted by several people – one person would have a go, and when they’d finished, leave it on the needles for someone else, who was then free to change stitch or colour. We asked all the knitters to leave a message for the next person on a tag. Just like at Latitude, we ended up with lots of weird and wonderful ribbons, and an endearing array of messages.

Our next and final festival stop is End of the Road, next weekend. We’ll create another batch of ribbons there – and then I’ll begin working on what will happen to them next. I’m beginning to think of them as a study in how people (quite wonderfully) don’t follow instructions – especially interesting when knitting can sometimes be seen as a restrictive, pattern-based craft.

Update: see the full collection of photos from Green Man 2011 here

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Improvised knitting at Working Title

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Last week I worked in residence at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, as part of an exhibition called Working Title. The idea was to work with junk that had been donated by local people. There's more info about the exhibition in my previous post.

Update: the original blog post included descriptions and images of the pieces created at Working Title, taken from two guest posts I wrote for the Working Title blog, which can be found here and here. The full collection of work I created can now be found on this site in Projects, here

All in all it was a great week at Aspex. The intensive week of experimentation sparked off lots of new ideas, which I’m looking forward to exploring further in future.

COMMENTS FROM ORIGINAL BLOG POSTING:

southseafoodgirl 

  1. Love it Amy, such beautiful images of your artwork, and it was really nice to meet you and see you at work!

  2. fabulous yarny artwork :-)

  3. Love the chair – makes sense now i see the pictures. Also the bike wheel is pretty cool

  4. when i say pretty cool, I mean pretty and cool. sorry!

 

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Working Title at Aspex Gallery

Friday, August 5, 2011

I’m preparing to take up temporary residence in Portsmouth next week, as I’m going to be taking part in an exhibition entitled ‘Working Title’ at Aspex Gallery.

Here’s some information about it from the excellent Working Title blog:

’Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together’ - Marilyn Monroe

“This summer aspex will undertake a rag and bone-style collection of unwanted domestic and small-scale industrial items within Portsmouth and Southsea. Selected artists will take these objects, which are no longer fit or have served their purpose and will turn them into something that is potentially beautiful and definitely different.

“aspex’s main gallery space will function as both workshop and exhibition space with artists working for fixed periods throughout the project. Visitors will be able to access the gallery, observe & talk to the artists while they transform cast-offs into new creations or incorporate them into performances. An auction will take place during the final weekend of the show where the artists’ work will be available to the highest bidder.”

It’s a totally new experience for me. I’m planning some knit and crochet-based fun, though what I come up with will depend on what I find. I’m taking my ‘Mon Tricot’ knitting dictionary (gifted by my grannie), and some trusty crochet books too – dependable sources of inspiration and information, whatever you’re working with!

COMMENTS FROM ORIGINAL BLOG POSTING:

southseafoodgirl 

  1. Amy,
    I have been loving your work at Aspex and cant wait to put the photos on my blog of the french knitting pipes!!!
    The knitting tent at Latitude looks amazing! If you ever need a volunteer assistant I would LOVE to help at events etc. I will email you my address and that.
    Lou x
    ooh la lapin

  2. Hi Lou, it was lovely to meet you at the gallery! Look forward to your blog post (just whiled away half an hour checking out your blog, oops, lots of work to do). I’ll definitely give you a shout about being a knitting volunteer next year… Amy x

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