Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Knitters protest park project knotted up in court
massive knit in action!
thanks so much everybody for participating and supporting this event! you are all fantastic! here are some pictures from yesterday, and if you have any photos, you can link it to us by uploading it to flickr and putting a tag massiveknit (yup, that's one word). cheers everyone! you are all so sweet!
Sunday, May 14, 2006
There was one prior attempt to redesign the park, this is from the website, " http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=7: "In 1964, plans to redesign the park surfaced with much controversy between the "traditionalist" residents and the "modernist" Park Commissioner. Esteemed West Village residents, such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Jane Jacobs, believed that the Park Commissioner's plans for renovation would violate the park's natural character, and that the park needed simple renovations in keeping with its unique and quaint style. Most importantly, Jacobs and the other dissidents felt that the park had to be closed off to automobile traffic to preserve it as a respite from urban life, and create an unbroken promenade surrounding it. Eventually the Parks Commissioner agreed to the residents’ wishes."
We invite comments on this topic, as the idea invites controversy. Also check out: www.preservewashingtonsquarepark.com for more information.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Ideas for knitting the park together
- make a tree cozy
- knit around the park rails
- knit some small squares of the chess boards
- knit leaves and birds nests to the branches.
- make a spiderweb on the grass
- connect other objects together
- make a sculpture
We encourage you to be artful and considerate of the park.
We encourage to make thoughtful donations to the park, and consider quality not quantity.
check this link out and
please add more suggestions.
From "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
knitting and activism
The potential of knitting as an activist tool or act has been making its presence felt in local scenes as well as online. Here we present some of the notable groups who are making a difference:
Anarchist Knitting Mob is a loose collective of knitters around New York City. We got in touch with them early on this project, and our idea was actually a spin-off of one of theirs. For their last project, they made more than a hundred hats for premature babies and donated the lot to a local hospital.
"The knitting circle is a constructive revolution", said the Revolutionary Knitting Circle, based in Canada, with local affiliates across the United States. "We are creating community and local independence which, in this corporate society, is a truly revolutionary act."
"Protest and dissent comes in many different forms" is the catch-phrase of craftivism.com, a (you guessed it) website dedicated to craft+activism. Based on the posting of the site's author last week - "...craftivism is more than just a way to express your politics and views, it's about finding a way to better your life and that of others through creative endeavors. Because I believe that everything we make with our hands has power. Just what that power is, is your own decision."
There are a lot of nice ideas and writings about the topic on this website, so please click here to read more.
microRevolt's projects investigate the dawn of sweatshops in early industrial capitalism to inform the current crisis of global expansion and the feminization of labor. One of their projects was featured in
Monday, May 08, 2006
Knitting is a solitary art form, often resulting in gifts for others. A knitting circle allows one to be social with this solitary art. A city, likewise, is a solitary place to live. There is so much crowding and destination in daily life that one often gets lost in their own world. Parks allow people to come together and be alone peacefully in their solitary life and form temporary and permanent communities. Parks and knitting circles are both public and accessible: but private enough that one can have meaningful communication and a community within their confines.
Using individual sensibilities. We plan to create an open structure in the park. Connecting various elements of the park together such as trees, benches and other structures, we will connect a community and a memory. As people enter the park (the meeting spot is under the arch) they will be directed to a spot in the park to start knitting. People can arrive anytime starting at 5.30 p.m. and stay as long as they like. They should tie, knit, string together long thin pieces of material, and before leaving, tie the material off to a piece of the park, or another individuals yarn. By the end of the evening we should have a string of material connecting the park together. We will have connected to the park and to the other individuals as a community.