WHERE other graffiti artists use spraypaint, Denise Litchfield uses wool. Litchfield is part of a growing global movement of guerilla knitters, who stitch their handmade creations onto trees, poles, street lights and other objects in the public domain.
“It redefines street art and is also a reference to graffiti,” the Stanmore woman said. “It’s absurd and feminine and fun.”
Using recycled or cast-off yarn, Litchfield has attached her creations to poles and trees in Newtown and Rozelle and her long-term goal is to knit cosies for fire hydrants and bollards.
Ms Litchfield also pokes fun at the notion of a graffiti “tag” by creating cardboard swing tags similar to those attached to items in a boutique.
“I write messages on them and put them on bikes and dogs. One friend said she was walking down King Street and saw a tag that said ‘All your problems have been taken care of’ and thought, ‘Yeah, I needed to hear that,’ ” Litchfield said.
“I have been doing it for about six months and I don’t know of anyone else doing it in Sydney. I haven’t been intercepted by a council ranger yet but often when I put them up people stop to ask what I am doing and to have a chat,” she said.
Litchfield has won the support of a Marrickville councillor, Peter Olive.
“I’d be only too happy for her to do some knitting in the Marrickville local government area,” he said. “I see it as a form of art and it’s not harmful or anyone else’s property or the public space. I think it should be encouraged.”
Emily Howes, an expert from University of Technology, Sydney, and author of a PhD thesis on “indie craft”, said guerilla knitters operated in Scandinavia, the US, Japan and South Africa. She thinks Litchfield might be Sydney’s first.
“I think there is a groundswell of activity. The really big guerilla craft group is a collective called Knitta, which has outposts around the world,” she said. “They see craft as a subversive and politically motivated act – a way of jolting people out of their comfortable reverie.”
What’s inside the box?
- We're celebrating National Robotics Week with the first AMAZING ROBOT TRIVIA NIGHT! ow.ly/R6eg30j47Cb... 3 days ago
- "Move fast and break things" is not how to build hardware/robotics startups. Physical things have a real impact in… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…... 4 days ago
- Early Bird discount tix for @MakerFaire are available until midnight this Sunday. Don't wait get them now!… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…... 1 week ago
- RT @slosee: Another thing you gotta love about #SXSW is total badasses like @RobotLaunch of @svrobo, who says that most jobs #robots are ta…... 1 week ago
- RT @JanineWegner: It’s going to be an ambient technology... robots and AI will augment with human intelligence. 🙌 @RobotLaunch #DellExperie…... 1 week ago
all up1 SWORD 2 SWORDS 3 SWORDS 4 SWORDS 5 SWORDS Aesthetics AI Anarchy art being awesome Children Creativity Culture cyborgs dreamy Embodiment Family Fashion Feminism Fighting Football fun geek kids fun stuff robots Geek Stuff gender Grrr Grumpy hands off our internet unless you bring fatter pipes history technology gender research Human-Robot Relations Ideas just think about it just thinking about stuff is underated in the technology industry making stuff Me Motherhood Music Newtown no damn idea Non-humans Philosophy pop culture Punk really? robot fun Robots Science SciFi Sex sexy ideas funny Sport state i'm in Stupidity Surfing Suzuki Sword Awards Tae Kwondo Technology tech porn Telling It Like It Is Thinking Twitter Unfinished Violin weird shit i think of Whatever what were you thinking with added awesome Women in Tech Women Warriors wondering Writing wtf? yay kids! Zeitgeist