Artist Bill Drummond has begun a 12 year long knitting project, The Million Stitch Blanket.
According to Drummond’s school teacher, Mrs Gilchrist, knitting was invented in Birmingham; now whether you believe Mrs Gilchrist or not the artist has started an ambitious knitting project, to create a blanket of a million stitches. The Million Stitch Blanket will be a collaborative venture as he asks the people he will meet on his 12 year journey with another exhibition, 25 Paintings, to help by either knitting a stitch or a row or even a square.
If you want to find out more about this project check it out here: http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/bill-drummond-birmingham-knitting-way-6996592
Bill Drummond is currently exhibiting his 25 Paintings at Eastside Projects in Birmingham until 14 June.
Stitchlinks have been conducting research into the therapeutic, healing qualities of knitting and other hand crafts. Stitchlinks is pioneering an exciting approach to healthcare which could have global implications and a massive, positive impact on wellbeing.
Check out the website to find out more: http://www.stitchlinks.com/index.html
For information on knitting during the First World War visit: http://ghostsof1914.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/great-war-yarnworks-knit-your-bit.html
You can also find more information on knitting during the First and Second World War on Craftivist Betsy Greers blog: http://craftivism.com/blog.html/
We made these at Wednesday’s Cafe Space group, thanks to Maria, Fine Art student at Loughborough University, who ran the session.
Why not make your own, all you need is a piece of card or wood and some bits of scrap or recycling. We would love to see what you can come up with here at the group.
Another mission for the Craftivist in you. Help protest against the Governments bill to spend over £80 billion on renewing the Trident Nuclear warhead. Craftivist Jaine Rose aims to create a 7 mile long peace scarf that will stretch between Atomic Weapon Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire.
For more info visit her website: http://www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk/
Print off the Wool against Weapons poster and show to all!