KWA Reclaim These Streets

We’re doing what Knittaz do best, supporting Reclaim these Streets Blackpool & Fylde Coast craftivism-style. 

Crochet & embroidery, Joe Booth

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.

Embroidery & crochet, Kelly Gorrie

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. 
Cross stitch (work in progress) Stephanie Cottle.

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.

Want to take part?

Drop us a quick email and we’ll send send you a group invite.

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 3, Coil Pots

This week’s activity…
⭐️Coil pots using air-dry clay⭐️

Important points:

  • Grown-ups: This activity will need your full supervision.
  • The clay is safe and non-toxic but do try and keep it out of tiny people’s mouths and wash your hands after use.
  • Also small pieces could be a choking hazard.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable using the air dry clay, please see Mint & Mamma’s video on how to make salt dough.
  • You have enough clay and moulding tools in your pack for you to experiment and do all kinds of different things, not just this clay pot tutorial. Enjoy! 😄

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

Knittaz With Attitude: Monthly Hook-Up

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.

£3.50 as usual…Look forward to seeing you there!

Get Knotted! Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

 

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week.

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants. You can take your hangers home with you too!  

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

See the Facebook Event

Get Knotted A4

Yarnbomb Trail: Goodness, gracious great balls of wool!

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Square from Scotland

Square from Scotland

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.

Knittaz in action

 

YT workshops

Our workshop programme from July 2014

Handmade on the High Street

Pop-up Fashion Market

A chance to shop for locally made fashion and accessories at a Town Centre location on:

  • Saturday 8th December (10am-6pm) and
  • Sunday 9th December (10am-6pm).

Money raised from Handmade on the Highstreet will go to local community arts organisations Aunty Social and NWBaseline, so that they can organise more creative and cultural activities in Blackpool.

Stallholders
Stalls cost £15 per day or £25 for the weekend.
Your stall should sell 70% fashion and/or accessories, this includes handmade, customised or vintage.

If you would like a stall in this great Hounds Hill location, please email for a booking form or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

 

Aunty at Me&FYC: New pop-up shop in Blackpool

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.

Me& FYC Facebook page

Me&FYC Twitter page

FYCreatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3PS

 

Aunty, Aunty, where are you?

Here I am!  Here I am!  How do you do?

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.

So, this is where we will be in June:

Watch out for other crafty activities in between!

Free Art Fridays part 2

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!

Free Art Fridays: Aunty Spreads the crafty love!

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!

Blackpool Arty Farty Friday Facebook group.