Some craft movements reclaim public space, in celebration or protest. Yarn bombing, for example, sees a message knit into chainlink (such as the one scrawled along the fence at Oppenheimer Park, protesting the park’s redesign), or a surface decorated to enliven a stretch of sidewalk (like the one pictured left at the sprawling Davie Village Community Garden). For more on Yarn Bombing, click here for details on the recently published book of the same name, written by Vancouverites Mandy Moore and Leeanne Prain.
Maybe there’s some combination of all of the above at work, but above all else, we think craft 2.0 is simply a sign that long-silo’d artistic practices are merging into a looser, artistic form that doesn’t require formal education or training. Craft, art, design—it’s all for the taking, making, and interpreting. We hope tomorrow night’s event captures a slice of that energy. Blim’s Yuriko Iga will lead a session on button making and screen printing. Knitgirl Robin Love will direct a knitting circle, and illustrator—and Art of Craft exhibit designer—Kirsti Wakelin will lead a round of exquisite corpse, a technique where words and images are collectively assembled. Incredible materials have been supplied by Opus and Blim. Oh, and Got Craft, Yarn Bombers and Blim will have a selection of their crafts for sale (reason enough to come, if you find the learning how to knit in public daunting).
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