I have combined my love of knitting, David Bowie and GIFs to create this Ziggy Stardust cardigan for my two-year-old son. Children’s clothes can be so same-same. And, seriously, why would you NOT want to walk around with a knitted Ziggy Stardust on your back? See also this Michael Jackson Who’s Bad sweater [below].
Sure, knitting often gets pooh-poohed as a granny pursuit all the time. Which probably makes Canada-based visual artist Candace Couse’s knitted corpses — with innards, organs and guts spilling out and loose red vein-like threads crawling out of them — all the more sweeter. She uses the idea of personal geographies to approach issues like orientation and identity that are profoundly detached from collective knowledge and public geographies.
Bombing! Yarn bombing that is. Granda Malha are Portuguese ‘wooly warriors’, combining their love for knitting and street art. They adorn the streets, trees, and the urban life with amazing webs of colour. Easily removable and inoffensive, who can say no to cosy warm streets.
We’ve seen Kate’s work before, and I love her crocheting genius – but now she combines that with another passion of mine – Americana – so I think it deserves another mention. She has been so kind to give us a sneak preview of her work ‘Kate’s Diner’ based on New York culinary delights, re-invented in wool and yarn with her trademark wry and witty comic touches. The work debuts at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in New York in December and I can’t wait to see the whole body of work.
A knitted doll of Anna Wintour hanging herself because she has nothing to wear has been banned from the trendy Port Eliot Festival in England, though the exhibition includes a dog wearing a burkha. The artist was forced to drop the Anna Doll on the grounds that ‘Anna wouldn’t like it.’ Fashion fascism or what?