Cross-stitch gets up­date

Central Leader - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

It’s cross-stitch, but not like grandma used to make.

De­signer Mar­garet Lewis is cu­rat­ing an project called the Street Loves Nana, which will see a union be­tween street art and hand­i­craft.

To bring her vi­sion to life Ms Lewis asked sev­eral well-known street artists to cre­ate works as an ho­mage to their grand­moth­ers.

‘‘I thought they would think it’s a dumb idea, but they didn’t. They loved it,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s another way for them to ex­plore do­ing their art and it’s opened a whole lot of sto­ry­telling as well.’’

The de­signs have been spray­painted on to mas­sive mesh screens that are set to be stitched with yarn by pun­ters at next month’s Splore mu­sic fes­ti­val.

‘‘I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about hand­i­craft and I want to share it with a new gen­er­a­tion, by con­nect­ing them with an older gen­er­a­tion,’’ Ms Lewis says.

The gi­ant screens will be lo­cated in the fes­ti­val’s themed camp­ing zone, which will be a real retro ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Camp Mother zone will have old­fash­ioned fur­ni­ture, board games, play­ing cards and mag­a­zines. Iced tea will also be served.

Fes­ti­val-go­ers can re­lax in the tent while do­ing a lit­tle crossstitch­ing, Mrs Lewis says.

It is the first cre­ative project for the de­signer since a fire at her West­mere home last year.

‘‘As a re­sult of that I had to move out and I lost a lot of stuff,’’ she says.

‘‘It was a re­ally hard time be­cause I lost my abil­ity to cre­ate.’’

How­ever, she man­aged to sal­vage a great stash of wool that will be used for the project.

There will be eight screens head­ing to Splore. Ms Lewis used crowd-sourc­ing web­site Kick­start to get the $2600 to trans­port them to Ta­pa­pakanga Park for the fes­ti­val.

At the end of the event Ms Lewis hopes to ex­hibit the fin­ished works and cap­ture the imag­i­na­tions of an even wider au­di­ence.

‘‘Street artists of­ten have a re­ally bad rep. Some peo­ple see them as van­dals who wear hood­ies but they aren’t like that at all,’’ she says.

‘‘So it’s one way of break­ing down bar­ri­ers.’’

Par­tic­i­pat­ing street artists in­clude Gh­stie, Dager and Ben­jamin Work.

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Granny graf­fiti: De­signer Mar­garet Lewis has made a start cross-stitch­ing a panel de­signed by artist Dager to take to Splore next month.

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