Posts Tagged ‘guerilla knitting’


I don’t even care if the title to this post is a real word or not, today was wonderful. Mainly because I get to keep my finger and don’t need any further surgery! I am a little disappointed I won’t be getting a metal finger and being the town freak though.

There is also awesomeness everywhere else.

Chinese material boots from Frida’s Wardrobe

Who knew Frida Kahlo inspired Converse Chuck Taylors? :-)

And in my continuing series on Guerilla Knitting including tank, canon and petrol station cosies (which is a little Barr-like) I bring you this:

Everything Nice (2006) Theresa Honeywell

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In my recent ponderings on iconic figures and separating artists from their art (or not), I remembered a comment I’d made about auctioning off investment artists’ shopping lists. After researching a little further I found this:

“…speaking of genius is always talk about artistic hierarchies, about the experts who wield the magic wand that makes something art, placing an art work within a context of previous and subsequent events, and creating authors and oeuvres in the process – the experts create the author and define the art work, separating Picasso’s art from Picasso’s shopping list…As Foucault has discussed, the author (of which the genius is a specific type) is a functional element in the discourse, not a natural category or a real person. It helps us to group the incoherent fragments of the past into understandable segments, and to rearrange the life of an individual into a narrative that can have meaning for our lives.” Hanna Järvinen

As I am now in possession of a metaphoric shopping list, I think another layer could be added. That is – the “non-expert” brings their own value system in making artistic judgements and of course “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

Eve Armstrong – Arrangement: Cush 2007

Speaking of Foucault and icons, makes me wonder if anyone has run the Foucauldian lens over McCahon – I mean they must have. If so, please forward any references in the comments. I mean:

The collaboration of word and image engenders what Foucault calls a “calligram” ,a composite text-image that “brings a text and a shape as close together as possible” . The calligram is a figure of knowledge as power, aiming at a utopia of representation in which “things” are trapped in a “double cipher”, an alliance. Word and image are like two hunters, “pursuing its quarry by two paths…By its double function, it guarantees capture, as neither discourse alone nor a pure drawing could do
From Picture Theory By W. J. Thomas Mitchell

And just because thats all very heavy – something funny and serious all in one. Happiness is a warm gun.

Anna Campbell Warm Gun Series

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More Craftivism

I bought you the tank top. Now I bring you Jennifer Marsh’s petrol station cosy

“Tired of seeing the abandoned eyesore on a daily basis, artist Jennifer Marsh decided to cover this old gas station in 5,000 square feet of fabric.

With the help of professional and amateur artists from 15 countries and more than 2,500 grade-school students in 29 states, Marsh covered the 50-year-old former Citgo station – pumps, light stands, signs and all – with more than 3,000 fiber panels that are crocheted, knitted, quilted or stitched together.”

I am liking this art. I hope they remembered mothballs. With peak oil and all that it could be the way of the future :-)

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I have had the most odd day. All sorts of random (good) things have been happening. So to carry on the theme, here are some (more) random art bits

From one of Over the net’s Basel reports:

Buyer: Can I sit on it?
Dealer: That’s a $1 million euro Roni Horn glass work that weighs three tonnes
Buyer: Sure, but can I sit on it?
Dealer: If you wanted to.

Which brings me to THIS (but can you sit on it?) and the knitted part leads to:

Guerilla Knitting –  The ultimate “Tank Top”

Some Wellington style street knitting can be found here.

Tonight I am even random reading. I have just counted the books in various piles that are “to read” or “partly read” around the house (37) so I need to make a start – random choice has started me on Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” which was sitting in a pile of poetry books so there you go. This book makes a huge amount of sense (even to us in here in New Zealand).

Which reminds me – 2 MUST READ books I can always reccommend are “Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver and “Kalimantann” by CS Godshalk and of course (sneaking in a 3rd) “I Heard the Owl Call my Name” by Margaret Craven. And I’ve just noticed a disturbing theme here….

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