Graffiti Knitting: Keepin’ it comfy.
If there’s anything that has literally taken Mimm’s desire to weave the finest in urban art and clothing it has to be the whodunnknit group. The founder of this new approach to street art operates from a mission statement that sounds much like a Batman monologue, just before he goes out for the night:
"Deadly Knitshade is a lone wool-hungry wolf whose knits aren’t content with lurking in the shadows of conventional knitting. They don’t stand under the woolly umbrella of quiet stitching at home in front of the TV. They do not smell of mothballs or Werther’s Originals. They do not hide in department store basements or charity shop bargain bins. They aren’t there to keep anyone warm in the winter."
Tough stuff. But essentially the collective called Knit the City, compromise of Deadly Knitshade, The Fastener, Shorn-a the Dead and Lady Loop, and their goal is to guerrilla knit areas of the city. Their inspiration is drawn from infamous street artists like Space Invader, Stik, Michael de Feo and Banksy and adds to an ever growing pool of unqiue and off the wall street art. I recently heard of one artist who was creating pieces with a stencil and a pressure wash- simply creating art by removing dirt- oh the irony.
Inspired by french street artist Space Invader in the Tate
As with the socially perceptive and economically irremovable work of Banksy the woolly weavers have no doubt also managed to avoid the problem of the Council through the nature of their strange medium- you’re not going to arrest someone for a graffiti knit job really. As a result they’ve manage to pull off some mad stunts like covering a phonebox in parliament square and ‘yarnstorming’ Picadilly circus.
The group have just released a new book called 'Knit the City', have a read, pick up the prongs and take to the city. Seamstresses, tailors and haberdashers unite: get on the streets and decorate.