Geared up from the amazing response to We’re Sew Done, Knittaz With Attitude talked about how the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March 2022 and we decided that we should take this opportunity to send a message that highlights how the decisions of the current government have affected Blackpool people.
We decided that we would like to create a quilt to be displayed during the Conservative Party conference at the Winter Gardens. Group members created textile squares to illustrate the ways that we’ve all been affected by the actions and inaction of the current government.
This project didn’t just come about because it’s the Conservative party per se, it just happens that they are the party in government and they have the power to make changes. However a lot of the pieces that have been submitted do relate specifically to the Conservative Party; We asked the participants to share their feelings and they did just that.
The pieces cover a variety of topics. Some squares relate to NHS cuts, the Levelling Up agenda, fuel and food poverty, the hostile environment faced by refugees and the Windrush generation. Others look at poor health, low life expectancy, lack of social care, pay gaps and state pension inequality. It’s a real mix.
The quilt will be displayed in Blackpool Town Centre at Charabanc, 1 Olympia Buildings, Coronation St, Blackpool, FY1 4NY from 18 March 2022.
Yesterday our Knittaz With Attitude met to discuss and plan projects for later in the year.
Geared up from the amazing response to We’re Sew Done, we talked about how the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March 2022 and decided that we should take this opportunity to send a message that highlights how the decisions of the current government have affected Blackpool people.
We decided that we would like to create a quilt to be displayed during the Conservative Party conference at the Winter Gardens on 18-19 March 2022.
We’re asking you to create a textile square that illustrates the ways that we’ve all been affected by the actions and inaction of the current government.
The idea is to make a quilt which encapsulates all of our feelings and issues relating to the current government.Squares can contain text, patterns or images. The content is up to you, however we will start a thread (in the Facebook and Whatsapp groups) where you can list your general messages so that we have an idea of what everyone is doing.
Total size 200cm x 200cm
3 rows of squares measuring 40cm x 40cm
4 rows of squares measuring 20cm x 20cm
There will be 55 squares in total
We will be able to provide fabric and haberdashery. Feel free to use your own if you prefer.
Blu and Catherine will start divvying up materials at Charabanc very soon.
We will create a quick form so that you can request your preferred square size(s)
We’re creating a We’re Sew Done book to document this project and raise funds for local women’s projects.
What is it?
Knittaz with Attitude wants to create a book that documents the project, showcases the artworks and most importantly highlights the experiences of women on the Fylde Coast.
What we’re fundraising for
We need to pay for:
An ISBN number (to help us sell copies through bookshops)
Once the book has been published, we plan to donate proceeds to local women’s organisations and projects, specifically those who offer practical support to women experiencing violence and those working to improve women’s health and wellbeing.
It’s been a privilege to share the stories and experiences of women on the Fylde Coast and we hope that you can support the next stage of this project.
We started a crowdfunding campaign (with lots of lovely rewards) running from 24 January to 24 February 2022.
On Saturday 30 October we hosted artist Morgan Dowdall for some magical inclusive ceramics workshops at Blackpool Central Library. The relaxed Halloween gathering was hosted by Harry Clayton-Wright and attendees created striking ceramic collages inspired by the theme of magic.
This event was part of the Crafts Council’s 50th anniversary celebrations which consist of a season of nationwide exhibitions, learning events, fairs, and digital activities that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society. We were super chuffed to be selected as a Make! Craft Live! partner.
Book your spot now for the next Knittaz With Attitude sesh, which will take place on Monday 1 November 2021 at the Upside Down on Edward St.
Join us for a relaxed session at Upside Down.
This month we’ll make mini wall hangings. We’ll explore a number of embroidery and tapestry techniques that combine the traditional with the contemporary and play with bold colour palettes, unusual textures and striking shapes. All equipment and materials provided.
Come and check out our new host venue and help us to plan projects for 2021. Got some ideas? Well bring them along!
£3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂
All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace!
TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Join us for a lovely bit o’ curry and a convo at our last meet-up of 2019.
We’re going to have an around the table conversation about what you lovely arty folk are up to and what you’d like to see in Blackpool in 2020. Kind of a cultural wish-list!
We’re feeling festive, so this is a free open session. Anyone with an interest in the arts and culture in Blackpool will be warmly welcomed.
If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make a Christmas decoration to take home or you can bring your own art/craft project to get on with while we chat.
All food will be vegan, hot drinks and squash provided.
***Please respond to our Facebook event with ‘going’ to let us know if you are definitely coming, if you’re not sure, just choose ‘interested’ or you can email us …we don’t want to be left with a tonne of leftovers, ta!***
Join us for an evening of storytelling and mystery as we celebrate Ransome Riggs’ gothic fantasy tale of time travel and transformation.
On Friday 9 November, we’re bringing Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, to Garstang Library for a free interactive screening featuring crafts and a time-travel treasure hunt.
Based on the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Tim Burton’s film adaptation follows 16-year-old Jacob Portman on an adventure that spans different worlds and times.
After he discovers mysterious clues left by his Grandfather, Jacob finds a magical island orphanage existing beyond space and time. There he meets the exceptional Miss Peregrine, who protects a group of orphaned (or ‘peculiar’) children, each with a signature ability, who are in danger from from a sinister threat.
What special powers will Jacob uncover?
Have the peculiars met their match with the sinister hollowgast?