Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Upcoming Knitting Events

"No Idle Hands" film and video screening on June 10th

"No Idle Hands"
Curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 8pm
Light Industry
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY
Ticket Price - $6

Handcraft--absorbing, obsessive, mysterious, political, communal
and mythical--is the subject of these documentaries, which range
from exhaustively researched to casually recorded and even imagined.

Works include:

"Kusama's Self-Obliteration," Yayoi Kusama/Jud Yalkut, 16mm,
1964, 24 mins

The film was conceived as a portrait of the Yayoi Kusama and her
work of two decades, and a progressively involving and engrossing
experience that could possibly project the viewer into the screen.

"When This You See...", Elaine Reichek, video, 1998, 17 mins
Nine appropriated film clips from sources such as Heavenly
Creatures (1994) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) show women
stitching. Each segment reveals a dramatic moment in the movie's
story, and then ends with a freeze-frame over which the artist
superimposes a single word, cataloging the act ("betrayal,"
"revolution," "revenge," etc) each woman's handcraft symbolizes.

"Odd Fellows," Alee Peoples, Super-8 to video, 2006, 5 mins
A short documentary on the Odd Fellows, a fraternal order begun
in England as an offshoot of the Masons.

"Paracas," Cecilia Vicuña, 16mm to video, 1993, 18 mins
Conceived as a visual and sound poem in seven scenes, this
animation of a 2,000 year-old textile now in the collection of the
Brooklyn Museum invites entrance into a different visual and sonic
space. The textile, interpreted here as a celebration of the Thread
of Life, was constructed in a sculptural, three-dimensional looping
technique developed by the ancient artists of the Paracas/Nazca
region of Peru.

"Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design"
(excerpt from the feature film to be released 2009), Faythe Levine,
video, 20 mins

A documentary exploring the rise of DIY art, craft, and design in
the United States. The heart of this new wave of creativity is the
community, which is equally influenced by traditional handiwork,
modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Faythe Levine,
Elaine Reichek and Cecilia Vicuña.

Curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner, visual artist, author of "KnitKnit:
Profiles and Projects from Knitting's New Wave" (2007), and
contributor to the Journal of Modern Craft, Cabinet, and Selvedge,
among many other publications.

Edibles will be available from Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, a renegade
bakery project that explores a nostalgia for the bake sale through the
performance of social engagement over sugary confections.

About Light Industry

Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn,
New York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed
Halter, the project has begun as series of weekly events in Sunset
Park this spring and summer, each organized by a different artist,
critic, or curator.
Conceptually, Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long
history of alternative art spaces in New York as well its storied
tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film exhibitors.
Through a regular program of screenings, performances, and lectures,
its goal is to explore new models for the presentation of time-based
media and foster a complex dialogue amongst a wide range of artists
and audiences within the city.

"Thread as the Line" art exhibition

The Thread as the Line: Contemporary Sewn Art

May 2 - July 12, 2008

Curated by Cynthia Connolly, Ellipse Arts Center Director

Artists: Rachel Bernstein, Natalia Blanch, Jennifer Boe,
Thomas Campbell, Natalie Chanin, Graham Childs, Steve Frost,
Sabrina Gschwandtner/ KnitKnit, Caroline Hwang, Brece Honeycutt,
Jennifer Muskopf, Valerie Molnar, Zac Monday, Matt Nelson,
Anila Rubiku and Megan Whitmarsh.

Bust magazine ran a feature article on the show in their June/July issue
See "A Stitch in Time"

Ellipse Arts Center
Arlington Cultural Affairs
4350 N. Fairfax Drive

One block west of the Ballston Metro
Arlington, VA
Phone: 703-228-7710

KnitKnit audio book available in June!

"KnitKnit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting's New Wave"
by Sabrina Gschwandtner

Audiobook abridged

Patterns not included
4 CDs
Read by the author

To purchase:

toll free (877) 567-3950 : fax (207) 567-3950

111 Middle Street Stockton Springs, Maine 04981

"In the Loop" knitting conference July 15 - 17, 2008
"In The Loop: Knitting past, present and future"
July 15 - 17, 2008
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, England

In response to the resurgence of public interest knitting has enjoyed in
recent years, this interdisciplinary conference proposes an exploration
of knitting from a broad range of theoretical and practical perspectives.

Specific collections focused on knitting history, practice and technique
collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller form the
basis of this significant resource of reference material that includes
objects, patterns, postcards and photographs, fiction and non-fiction,
magazines and journals.

Presentations by 28 confirmed speakers from Australia, Britain,
Europe and the United States will cover a multidisciplinary range of
perspectives, including collections, historical approaches, fashion
and technology, new-wave knitting and knitting narratives.
Keynote Speakers include: Barbara Burman, Sabrina Gschwandtner,
Sandy Black and Liz Collins.
More info:

To register:


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