thanks to Mr Amazepants Ruben Salinas
thanks to Mr Amazepants Ruben Salinas
We feel honored to be featured in the first issue of Eigenwerk, an online craft blog/magazine based out of Germany. It features all kinds of craft, knit designs, artists and generally quite hip stuff in the world of contemporary DIY/design. It’s totally worth checking out – even if you don’t speak German!! Flip through the entire issue online then tell Christian & team how cool it is at the magazine’s official facebook page.
(P.S. Welcome to spring, northern hemisphere readers!)
Hold your horses. This is just the bumper (aka teaser trailer) for the Knitta documentary (!!) showing before 20 percent of all SXSW Film Fest screenings. We are so excited to work with Sarah Gonzalez as the project continues. Many thanks to her and her crew.
For those of you following the Blanton Knitted Wonderland exhibit, Sarah filmed the March 4th installation and has been blogging about her experience. Check it out! And send her love on twitter too – @Gonzography.
In celebration of South by Southwest, Knitta’s been busy with a few goings-on this week. Above are the letters for Ink PR’s green room at the Austin Convention Center. Find more pictures and press about the thINK! room around the web: CNN, Ink’s blog, and Austin360.
Also, we’re putting the finishing touches on an installation at the GSD&M office in preparation for The Industry Party, a SXSW event sponsored by the Austin-born ad company and Google on Monday night. Other local artists will be there: Daniel Johnston, Hugh MacLeod, Ian McLagan, Dave Mead + many more. PLUS! live music from the Mother Truckers, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, and more. Show up at 7pm Monday to kick off the week!
One week from Friday, Knitta Please and a team of over 140 Austin crafters will cover each of the 99 trees in the Blanton’s Faulkner Plaza with knitting (or crochet). The project, titled A Knitted Wonderland, is in collaboration with UT’s Blanton Museum of Art, and will be on exhibit from March 5-18, 2011, coinciding with the Blanton’s new exhibit Recovering Beauty and UT’s annual open house, Explore UT. Come out to see the installation and hear Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta, speak on Saturday, March 5th.
The most exciting part, however, is this: community knitters and crocheters have powered 99.5% of the production and installation of this project. We could not have made this happen without these amazing volunteers. Over the next week, as part of our thanks, we will be highlighting some of these crafters right here on the Knitta blog. Stay tuned to learn about the talent and enthusiasm behind the latest Knitta Please project.
Willie Nelson was in Austin this weekend for the opening performance at ACL Live‘s new venue in the W Austin’s Block 21, coincidentally located on Willie Nelson Blvd. And KnittaPlease was on site to welcome him. We teamed up with Guerilla Suit to dress up the giant W on the face of the building, Willie-style. See coverage of the concert over here on Austin360, and check out this video of the installation (and note the Knitta’d iPhone cover at 1:40):
The internet has shown some love lately – check out an interview on ACL’s official page about the temporary installation earlier this month. The Statesman has a great picture of my daughter and me installing the art sign at the festival. And Juxtapoz also picked up on ACL as well as my recent trip to Bali. Check out this flickr photo taken at ACL – I love it!
Unrelated to ACL… but this is way overdue. A big thanks to Art Yarn for this post on the Rome exhibit back in the summertime.
Dokument Press, out of Sweden, just released this book by Benke Carlsson and Hop Louie. It covers a huge array of street artists: Urban tape sculpturist Mark Jenkins, NYC’s Swoon, the UK artist Slinkachu who graffitis snails’ shells, Brazilian stencilist Alexandre Orion, our very own Knitta Please and more. Continue reading