by Emma Grady, New York, NY on 05. 5.11
From the Hollywood hills to Machu Piccho, Peru, yarn graffiti is taking over urban to rural landscapes.
Chances are you've seen it in person--or if you frequent TreeHugger, you've at leastread about yarn bombing. Well, Sarah Gonzalez is making her directing debut with a documentary on the subject, but she needs help (via Craft). Watch the trailer:
Of course, I've read about the yarn knitting movement here on TreeHugger but I had no idea what a global movement it was. Plus, the doc focuses on interesting philosophical points surrounding the movement such as the intersection of this female-dominated craft with the male-dominated world of graffiti. From the filmmakers:
The primary goal of this documentary is to formally introduce the world to Yarn Bombing, giving a retrospective history...Topics of discussion will touch on why Yarn Bombing is dominated by women, how it differs from male-dominated crafts, and whether commissioned artists have "sold out" from their guerilla, graffiti roots.
Visit IndieGoGo to help the filmmakers get this documentary made, and don't worry if you're short on cash, they have a "Starving Artist" contribution at $10--every little bit helps!
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June 04, 2007
He often used scenes from his own life, peopled by his own family. One of my favorite themes is my topic today--The Knitting Lesson.
Millet painted and sketched this scene many times, and here are a sketch and three painting, all variations on the theme.
The large outline of each is the same, but the small details vary from one to the next--the dress, the amount of light coming in the window, whether the mother has work on her lap. Sometimes there is a kitten in the background; the items on the linen press change from one image to the next
"Already a considerable length of stocking has been made, but this is a place where close attention is needed. Perhaps it is time to begin shaping the heel. The mother's work is left altogether for a moment. Putting her arm about the child's shoulder, she takes the two little hands in hers, and guides the fingers holding the needles."
From a book published in 1900,Jean François Millet, by Estelle M. Hurll, available here from Project Gutenberg. On that page you will also find yet another variation on the scene.
This is Millet's painting, "End of the Hamlet of Gruchy," giving a glimpse of more of Millet's everyday life.
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