Crafty gang unite art and charity
They’re not your average knitting group, that’s for sure.
Surrounded by hundreds of blankets the Knitterati are a force to be reckoned with.
Knitted in all shapes, sizes and colours the blankets are almost done after 18 months of work.
They are on display at Ponsonby’s Artstation.
Also known by their more official name, the Domestic Craft and Contemporary Art Group, the women of the Knitterati are putting a new spin on the age-old craft, and it’s all for a good cause.
The blankets have been transformed into a walk-in structure for the exhibition, called Shelter, then they will be dismantled and donated to the Red Cross.
As well as contributions from their core group of about 10, blankets have been donated from homes, libraries, cafes and com- munity centres around Auckland. All the wool has been donated by friends and family and will end up in the homes of refugees who come to New Zealand.
Knitterati member Joanna Hayes says the idea is that people can be immersed in the artwork, “so they can see it’s been put together stitch by stitch”. The knitters have held two exhibitions in the past couple of years.
They say this focus on art sets them apart from other knitting circles.
She says they even try to avoid talk of grandchildren and gardening.
The group will be giving free workshops for schools and community groups inside the installation and Ms Hayes says they already have quite a few bookings.
They consider themselves part of a “renaissance of knitting” with plenty of interest coming from younger, school-age groups.
Shelter runs until May 31.
To register for a knitting workshop call Artstation on 376-3221.
Tight knit: The members of Auckland’s Knitterati are donating hundreds of blankets to the Red Cross. From left: Debra Chappell, Marlyne Jackson, Joan Horner, Joanna Hayes and Liz Wilkinson.