Charnwood Arts Big Knitting Group – Our Knitted Story
Our Knitted Story is The Big Knitting Groups latest research project and will culminate in an exhibition and installation at Charnwood Museum in the summer of 2015.
The project title ‘Our Knitted Story’ encompasses everything from knitting to embroidery and soft sculpture, anything textiles based, focusing however on hand knitting, the connections, bonds, memories and stories it creates through generations and across cultures. The deliberate use of the word Knitted in the title of the project refers to its use as a term to describe a cause to unite, become united, unify, become one, come together, become closer, band together, bond.
The focus of the project is on personal histories of hand crafting and will bring together stories and memories of knitting, crocheting and other textile based activities from the local community. As well as looking into the history of local Leicestershire Bishop Richard Rutt, who in October 1979 was named the Bishop of Leicester. He was also an avid knitter and authored the book A history of Hand Knitting in 1987.
Also as part of the exhibition there will be an installation entitled ‘The Enchanted Garden’, which will be used as a story telling environment and will be open to storytellers and other groups for the duration of the exhibition. The installation will also include all the flowers created for the #wellMAKING Craftivists Garden as an extension of the research into crafts ability to aid wellbeing.
Students from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts textile department have also been making objects for the installation.
We would also like to invite you to make items for the garden and send them to us at Charnwood Arts. We would like leaves, stars, mushrooms, toadstools and ladybirds. Be creative and don’t feel restricted by reality. We would however like to limit the colours that will be used in the installation to, metallics, purples, blues, reds and neutral colours, white, greys, browns. Please check out the dedicated Pinterest board for the project
For inspiration and further info. You can re pin images and follow the board.
We would also love you to send us a short piece of writing (no more than 200 words) telling us about your own crafting story. For example how did you come to your craft, how does it make you feel when you craft, do you share your craft and who with etc.
Unfortunately we will be unable to return any items unless a stamp (of appropriate amount) and return address are included, but be assured that all work created for the installation will not be sold on, they will be used as in future storytelling events and projects. Deadline for your lovely crafted creations and your stories is Friday 1st May 2015.
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If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with either myself or Jemma Bagley
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