Friday, 1 March 2013

Knit the City



Knit the City maintains a sense of humour about their group's beginnings and tells a different story each time they are interviewed. The genuine story is that the collective was founded by Deadly Knitshade, later revealed to be author and Stitch London founder Lauren O'Farrell, who anonymously invited five hand-picked members to join forces in February 2009 on a mission to "turn the city knitwise". The collective was partly inspired by O'Farrell's 2007 London Lion Scarf charity event, when her Stitch London craft community created giant scarves for London's Trafalgar Square Lions to raise money for Cancer Research UK, and partly by a 2009 event in which Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please, Stitch London, and Guardian journalist Perri Lewis collaborated in graffiti knitting London's South Bank.

The members of the group use superhero-style names to hide their real identities. Initial Yarn Corps members were Deadly Knitshade, Knitting Ninja, Lady Loop, Shorn-a the Dead, Bluestocking Stitching and The Purple Purl, with the addition of The Fastener in October 2009. In creating the group's identity, Knitshade also coined the term 'yarnstorming' as a less violent alternative to the US term yarnbombing. The term has now been adopted by many groups, and was first used in the media on BBC News in June 2009. 

Deadly Knitshade is widely credited with innovating the concept of telling 'stitched stories' in graffiti knitting and crochet, using amigurumi knitted and crocheted characters, creatures and objects. The earliest recorded example of this is Knit the City's "Web of Woe" installation in August 2009, which was installed in London's Leake Street. The concept has since been adopted by groups worldwide and made national news.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Knit the City

Knit the City, are a group of "graffiti knitting and crochet" street artists founded in London, England in 2009. The collective is credited with being the first to go beyond the simple 'cosies' of early graffiti knitting to tell 'stitched stories', using knitted and crochet amigurumi creatures and objects in their public installations.. This practice has been taken up by groups internationally.

The title Knit the City: A Whodunnknit Set in London by Deadly Knitshade was published in German by  in February 2011, and in the UK by Summersdale in September 2011. The book covers the group's history and showcases examples of their street art.

The street art has been called "knit graffiti" and yarn bombing or "yarnstorming". The group's aim is to "to guerilla knit the city of London, and beyond that the world, and bring the art of the sneaky stitch to a world without wool".

Knit the City was founded by Deadly Knitshade in February 2009 with six members. The 'Yarn Corps' grew to seven members with the addition of The Fastener in late 2009. In October 2010 two members left the group and one became inactive, leaving the group with four active members.
The group continue to graffiti knit as a foursome of Deadly Knitshade, The Fastener, Shorn-a the Dead and Lady Loop.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Knit the City


Knit the City, are a group of "graffiti knitting" artists founded in London, England in 2009. The collective distinguished themselves by being one of the first to go beyond the simple 'cosies' of early graffiti knitting, handmaking knitted and crochet creatures and objects to add to public areas, sculptures or structures, creating fibre art installations that were influenced by their surroundings.

The street art has been called "knit graffiti" and yarn bombing or "yarnstorming". Their mission is to "to guerilla knit the city of London, and beyond that the world, and bring the art of the sneaky stitch to a world without wool".

Knit the City was founded by Deadly Knitshade in February 2009 with six members. The 'Yarn Corps' grew to seven members with the addition of The Fastener in late 2009. In October 2010 two members left the group and one became inactive, leaving the group with four active members.

The group have continued to graffiti knit as a foursome of Deadly Knitshade, The Fastener, Shorn-a the Dead and Lady Loop.