In their natural habitat

Here are some more examples of birds that have already been made for Picnic in the Park.

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The pattern for the Pink Messenger Bird will soon be available so be sure to check back soon.

Super Crochet Girl Needs You!

Messages and how we send and receive them has become a focus of mine over the last few weeks working with the creative groups at Charnwood and Super Crochet Girl is going to continue working with this in her performance at Picnic in the Park, however she needs your help.

Can you help her send a message?

We need a flock of lovely little handcrafted birds to carry messages. Can you help us make these little messengers? They can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, felted, even made out of socks, how they are made is up to you, just get creative!

We do ask however that your little birds are no bigger than a piece of A5 paper (that’s A4 folded in half) and we would also like you to include a message with your bird, maybe as part of the design or attached in some way. Please also give your bird a name.

Your message can be anything you like it to be – but it might help to remember that we have been thinking here about the messages that would have been sent to loved ones during the First World War. Perhaps you have a message for a loved one? Or perhaps there is something you should say more? Think about your recipient and write from your heart.

Your message can then be attached or carried by your little bird to us at: Charnwood Arts 27 Granby Street, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3DU.
Examples of birds that have already been created for the project can be seen on the Super Crochet Girl page on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/supercrochetgirl

We will also post photos of all the birds sent in as we receive them.
Please note that the birds will be used in a performance at Picnic In The Park and may go on to be used in further works by the artist. They will NOT be sold! We cannot return any birds. If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to email the artist: The deadline for birds is the end of May.
s.c.green-12@student.lboro.ac.uk or shiney1809@hotmail.co.uk
Or Big Knitting Group coordinator Jemma Bagley at Charnwood Arts: jemmab@charnwoodarts.com

New Arrivals!

We had some new faces at The Big Knit Group yesterday and I would just like to say a very warm welcome to them. I hope they enjoyed their time with us and that they join us again at next weeks session.

Welcome guys, it was very lovely to meet you.

Campus Craftivism

A friend of mine found this on Loughborough University’s campus and kindly sent me a photograph of another Craftivists work

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It was found attached to a bike rack near engineering.

Comic Book Encounters . . .

Super Crochet Girl’s Comic Book Encounters in the Public Sphere is the title of the poster for which she was first created. The poster was made as a collaborative project across disciplines and departments at Loughborough University in response to a call for posters which concisely explained concepts and theories of current research. The posters formed part of a research conference for PHD Research Students at Loughborough University.

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Dave Gerrard (PHD Researcher) and I developed a poster based upon my MA (MA Art in the Public Sphere) and our understanding of Public Sphere theory as hypothesised by Jurgen Habermas. As we began working on the poster it soon became apparent that we both had a deep love of comic books and so naturally that, mixed with my textile performances produced Super Crochet Girl. Essentially we tried to develop a poster that would be visually engaging allowing us to get across our understanding of Public Sphere in a fun and mischievous way.

Super Crochet Girl Antics

Recently I have been working with a number of Charnwood Arts groups and we have been creating work for Picnic in the Park in June. I introduced everyone to Super Crochet Girl and they have very kindly agreed to help us with a project for Picnic in the Park and we would appreciate it if anyone else could get involved and help us out too. Look out for new posts about how you too can get involved!

Since the theme for Picnic in the Park is World War 1 we have been concentrating on the social and domestic side of this era. With that in mind we have been spending time creating artworks that reflect the domestic at this time including paper mache clouds inspired by a song about clouds with a silver lining.

One of the actions that stood out for me from this era was how people would send letters to their loved ones, to and from the front line. This is a process we no longer do as much since everything has become automated, typed and emailed, messages are instantaneous now. With this in mind I started documenting my time with the Charnwood Arts groups and the work we are doing by resurrecting this lost process and have been sending handwritten letters to my family every week so that I can understand the process better. I have found that letters can be more emotional to write as well as recieve and they somehow seem to be more personal and are often saved by the recipients. I know that my letters will be kept safe.

Super Crochet Girl Introductions

Meet Super Crochet Girl, originally the outcome of a collaborative project between the artist Sarah Green and PHD researcher Dave Gerrard. The bright crocheted heroine has now developed beyond the initial collaboration into an independent character who allows the artist to instigate conversation and discourse between herself and her audience.

The recent re-appropriation of knit graffiti by the police authorities in her local area, with the intention of making areas feel safer, prompted the creation of a super hero character; traditionally known for protecting and serving the citizens and making cities feel safer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21659158

The design of the costume was based on the most common of comic book super heroes such as Superman in an attempt to make the character relevant to all and as a parody of the male dominated comic book world by creating a female character whose super powers include what are essentially considered feminine leisure pursuits.

For more on Super Crochet Girl’s antics stay tuned . . .