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© linda scharf

linda at
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august 8, 2005

welcome to the third issue of crochetlab report!

below, you'll find a record of my wanderings from over the past month or so. these are just attractions i have;i have no commercial interest in any of the subjects about which i write. please do write (linda at crochetlab dotcom) if you have thoughts, comments.

for info that wasn't available by the time i decided to go live, see current research. peace! linda



table of contents:

x interview with heidi of mypapercrane
x interview with tamara of houndscroft farm
x interview with artist bea camacho
x wool fairs and fests
x crochet/knit & the body
x
vintage, mash-ups & remixes
x
textiles from around the world exhibit & info
x shows/competitions you might want to enter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


wool fairs and fests

some new england and new york state fairs:

fingerlakes fiber arts fest
: sept. 17 & 18

common ground country fair, sponsored by the maine organic gardeners and farmers assn. sept. 23-25

vermont sheep and wool: oct. 1 and 2

ny sheep & wool: oct. 15 & 16

  • resources to find more fairs around the world:

    a list of nationwide wool festivals and fairs
    from spinning fiber community at livejournal

    a fiber arts calendar (includes wool fests, classes): fiberocity

    more fiberfests from thistlecove farm



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vintage, mash-ups & remixes

i've run into some interesting people doing cool things with clothes over the past month or so. sometimes there is a crochet connection, and sometimes it's just the wild experimental nature of what they're doing that draws me. also related to the appreciation of the human form article (crochet/knit & the body) in this issue, because the size on the label doesn't matter. you just wear what fits!

so we've got the voodoo t shirt guy (Lee Tusman, pictured below), 5 gallon bucket, lola's urban vintage and little pink dress.

all of these artists can also be visited online, natch.

photo of lee/voodoo artist by l schraf

  • the particulars:

    i met lee, aka voodoo artist, at the artbeat festival in somerville, ma. he had a couple of tables of t-shirts, and invited everybody to pull up a chair and perform t-shirt surgery. he's based in philadelphia, pa and takes his kit around the country, and wants to visit every state, so give him a call and ask him to visit your school, festival, whatever!

    shan of 5 gallon bucket makes “handmade & reconstructed clothes and accessories for women & kids”. she is definitely one of the people to go to when you want to support other artists who are aiming to create right livelihood. among her wares: nice hats, both reconstructed and freeform crochet. mmmmnn...

    ran into lola's urban vintage at the south end art market in boston, and she had a tent filled with wonders. she seems like wonderful kook and also is another transformer of clothing and SHOES!

    and little pink dress is a friend from online, altho she's based nearby on cape cod, ma. turns out we lived in the same town ages ago where we frequented a little clothing shop that had this amazing kiehls musk oil smell, and both have a vivid sense memory of it. :) patricia sells vintage online, and also keeps an eye out for vintage crochet and knit items, being a lover of the craft herself.

    linda scharf image/habu textile


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textiles from around the world exhibit & info

i saw a very fascinating and informative exhibit at the new england weavers seminar (july 21-24, '05 at merrimack colllege, north andover, ma. usa) called “promoting textile arts around the world”.

textiles from new england weavers seminar: photo by l scharf

this was their description: “Whether conserving textile traditions with the women of Laos, establishing a women’s economic knitting cooperative in Rwanda, or weaving with the indigenous people of Guatemala, the goals are common - to provide education and support to the textile community throughout the world, and to enrich the lives of fiber enthusiasts everywhere.”

highlighting the work of cooperatives and non-profit agencies (they compiled a very helpful list of many included in the show),the exhibit was organized by the weavers of western mass, based in florence, ma. thanks to Kathleen Luchs (news) and to teri dvorak, one of the organizers, for giving me some background info on the exhibit. thanks to n.e.w.s. for opening the exhibit to the public and for drawing attention to such beautiful work and great organizations to support!

pictures and materials about some individuals and oganizations that have worked with (mostly) women in u.s. and countries around the world to create/preserve/market their textiles fairly were included. very inspiring what people can do when they work together in peace and creativity!

more pix from the exhibit

while there, i also met two people: francis ndegwa nyaga of masai village crafts (nairobi, kenya) who is working in partnership with caroline simmons of mombasa moose co.(massachusetts, usa). francis learned about textiles from his mother, becky nyaga, and has created 3 cooperatives in kenya where people make sandals, rugs, fabrics, etc. caroline, a clothing designer, seeks to educate and make east african fabrics more widely available. let's wish them happy collaborations! (both are shown, below, with my husband, peter gold, far left.)

peter gold, francis ndegwa nyaga, and caroline simmons. photo: l scharf

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crochet/knitting and the body

i ran into a book by Deborah Bergman*, “the knitting goddess” and loved her descriptions of working with one's (and others') body for knitting.

From Chapter Seven
Arachne, Body Love,and a Lively Shrug,
From The Knitting Goddess

“...Knitting has this odd, back door kind of way of promoting body awareness...

...You knit and you just naturally get to know more about bodies. You’re forever measuring your sleeve length or the length from your hipbone to your collarbone, or noticing whether your shoulders are wide, or narrow, or sloped, and whether your bra size has changed. When you knit for other people, you get to discover and savor all the quirks and differences in a variety of bodies; not just your own...

...What’s both fun and liberating about this in knitting is that there is no physical size template to which you need to subscribe, and variations in body size give birth to all sorts of creative designs...

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*haven't been able to reach ms. bergman. her website seems not to exist anymore, and mail sent to her c/o her publishers hasn't been answered, but i am including an excerpt here in hopes that you go read the book for yourself.

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competitions
you might want to enter

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enigma gallery "pushing buttons" competition

from their site:
“Enigma invites artists to interpret the exhibition’s title using a minimum of one (common) sewing button or images of buttons in the completed entry.”

postmark deadline August 15, 2005

prospectus


$25 (us)entry fee, nonrefundable
juror's prize: $500 + solo show in '06


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“wearable expressions” from palos verdes art center

deadline: slide or digital entries due aug. 27 2005
$25 entry fee, $35 up to 3
cash awards from $100-1000

prospectus here


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To Have and To Hold

artists' books that people can touch w/o gloves

minnesota center for book arts

call for entries


deadline: originals delivered by Sept. 10, 2005

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spectacular garments: artwear in motion
competition from the textile center
minneapolis, mn, usa

entry forms: scroll to bottom left
at above link

deadline sept 16, 2005

$25 (us)entry fee


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beyond fibers:new forms

steamboat springs art council, colorado usa

entry fee
slide deadline: oct. 7 '05
info: beth at steamboatspringsarts.com

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“wrapture”
scarves in any medium:
crochet, knit, sew, paint, weave,
braid, bead, the more unusual the better

the only rule is that the art
be no larger than 24"X72"

the show will run from
oct.7th - oct. 21st, 2005
with voting by the public in several categories (including an age 12 and under, fancy schmancy, oddest, most likely to succeed, unusually interesting...)

there will be prizes and the entrants
may either sell scarves at eclectics gallery or have item returned to them after the show closes
if the artist opts to sell, there is a 60/40 split: 60% to artist, 40% to gallery.

deadline is Monday Oct 3rd

send scarves,
the price you'd like item to retail for
and SASE if the item is to be returned, not sold at the gallery (items NOT for sale will be returned by around end of october; items FOR sale will be kept until around nov. 15th) to:

Ec.lec.tics
An Artists' Cooperative!
7015 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
816-361-6643

info: eclecticsgallery@yahoo.com

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exhibition & sale in spring 06
all 3-d craft media on coffee related theme

no entry fee
deadline: Nov. 1, '05
(3)slides, bio, statement, SASE to:

the store @decordova
decordova museum and sculpture park
51 sandy pond rd
lincoln, ma 01773
usa
phone: 781.2598692

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