Overview: We’re making small textile/craft works of art that will be strategically placed in public spaces to highlight the harassment and threats of violence that women face everyday.
Why? This means a lot to us. These are our experiences and we want to do something that helps people to understand the impact of everyday street harassment.
Our aim for this project is to draw attention and make an impact. Drawing attention is not something that us Knittaz ever need help with, so focusing on the ‘impact’ aspect, we think a collection of pieces will be far more dramatic than one piece, and more likely to inspire questions and conversation.
The Blackpool Reclaim These Streets event is currently planned for August/September 2021 so we’re aiming for then. This gives us a good bit of time to crack on and build a stash ready to be ‘displayed’ alongside the event. After this, pieces will be photographed at pinpointed locations on the Blackpool RTS map detailing locations of acts of street harassment around Blackpool. At the moment there’s 50+ locations so the more we can get the better!
The pieces will then be displayed in an exhibition at Blackpool Central Library over September 2021.
About your piece
We think it’s really important that the pieces are yours. We don’t want to tell you what you should say.
They can be as big or small as you like, use as many or as little colours as you like, use whatever techniques you like, there can be words or not, or maybe an image.
We’d like the pieces to be cohesive, but only in a way that is recognisably us…. So bright colours where possible please.
Skills & Techniques If you have an idea but you don’t know how to execute it, or if it’s a technique you don’t have knowledge of (or the equipment), let us know. We have lots of fabrics, yarns, tools etc. that we can lend out, and between us we have the skills to share, or collaborate with each other.
Come and join us for a knit and a natter, all ages/abilities welcome. As usual we will have a light meal, tea and cake available, as well as wool, needles, hooks etc, for you to have a go with. Bring your own project or help us with our next yarnbombing adventures.
We’ve had a great response to our yarnbombing workshops and we’re nearly ready to go with the trail.
Special mentions go out to the staff and students of Blackpool Sixth Form College who help a super knit-in on 19 July. As well as out hardcore knittaz from our group and pom-pom makers extraordinaire Tyler and Charlie. Thanks Guys!
Watch this space as knitted creatures will start to appear around Blackpool. There will be an accompanying web map that will help you to spot them all.
Do come and visit Blackpool’s newest pop-up shop, Me&FYC. It’s an exclusive fashion boutique selling clothing, accesories and gifts for men and women. All of the products are handmade or up-cycled, made with love by talented local designers – either made in or inspired by Blackpool & Fylde.
We’ll be selling some lovely bags, badges, cufflinks, hair accessories and rings.
Open from Friday 17th August at 11am (Launch party 6-8pm)
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm until Saturday 1st September.
It’s been a while since the last post, but we have been ever so busy with planning activities for this month and beyond. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, we painted a gazillion faces and helped nippers make lots of pretty bracelets and necklaces at YOMOFO ‘Alfresco’ at Stanley Park Cricket Club. Despite the yucky weather, it was a grand day out, with plenty of activities, brill music and smiling faces.
Aunty has been ninja-ing around Blackpool town centre again leaving little crafty prizes for one and all. This time we have badges, jewellery and a cuddly chicken called Clive along with a card and a little note.
We hope that the lucky finders will get in touch and let us know that the pieces have found a good home. Why not pop into town and see if there are any still there? The clues are in the photos!
Aunty has just been on a free art drop in Blackpool town centre. Arty Farty Fridays, started by local screen print artist Robin Ross and inspired by the capers of street artist My Dog Sighs involves placing art on the street for members of the public to find and take home. For more on the background of Free Art Fridays and the movement in general see the Facebook page.
Aunty has been sneaky-sneaking about Blackpool town centre leaving little bundles of fun for people to keep. We left a selection of badges, jewellery and hair accessories along with a card and a note. We hope that the lucky finders will get in touch and let us know that the pieces have found a good home. Why not pop into town and see if there are any still there? The clues are in the photos!