Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Call to Arms

One of my bloggy friends, Elizabeth, is just beginning her final year at University, and needs knitters en masse to assist her with her senior project. This is what she has to say:

Hello Knitters,

As of September, I have entered my last year of undergraduate study and am working on an academic year-long senior project. I’ve been immersed in knitting for many years, and it was only logical that I use it as a theme for my thesis work.

Over the next year, I want to work with the knitters of the world to create a piece that not only dispels the stereotype of the knitter, but also creates an accurate portrait of who we are. A lot of life happens “between the stitches” and I want to illustrate that to knitters and non-knitters alike.

Your contribution will be a knitted piece of your choosing which will be “tagged” during the knitting process. The “tags” will resemble clothing tags and will be attached to your knitting much like you would attach a locking or split-ring stitch marker. Each tag will represent a very short journal or blog entry. You will be asked to write the date and time, and a sentence or two about what you are doing, how you are feeling, or any thoughts you may be having at that time.

When the piece is finished, it will represent the process of creating it and what life was like while it was being created. Your finished knitted pieces will be curated and exhibited in a Philadelphia gallery in May. All pieces will be returned, and the tags will be removable and are designed to keep your gauge in tact. When your piece is returned, you can snip off the tags and wear it!

I will cover the cost of shipping to and from Philadelphia. The tags will be mailed in late November or early December, and the deadline for mailing finished pieces to be will be in March. Pictures of the exhibition will be provided electronically (through email or Flickr) which you will be able to use for you blogs, Ravelry, etc.

I encourage every knitter to contribute to this project–even if you think you’re “just a beginner.” I want to represent as many knitters as possible! If you are interested in contributing, please respond back with a yes or no. An email with more information will be sent shortly.

I’m very excited about my project, and I can’t wait to see what you all create!

If you can help her out, comment on her blog let her know that you are interested, and spread the word. Let's see if we can get too many knitters (is there such a thing?).

1 comment:

Lynne said...

What an interesting idea for a major project!