(Hartford) The Knitty Gritty Committee’s recent installation outside the Charter Oak Cultural Center…
I love that this group exists and is taking direct action to beautify their neighborhood and remind us all that our cialis sale streets are alive. From their mission statement posted on their blog, the Knitty Gritty Committee (KGC) seeks to “…bring art, personality and beauty to sterile environments. This opportunity allows us to make a statement against hard, cold, masculine culture by taking a widely-viewed warm and cozy feminine past-time to the streets.”
Unfortunately, at the end of their statement they take a jab (I’ll assume inadvertently) at people who are homeless by referring to such folks as “bums”, further perpetuating the stereotype that people who don’t have a home or a job, are lazy. Also, I have to take issue with their description that implies most graffiti is about destruction. It seems the KGC folx are trying to distinguish themselves from other street artists who are unfairly tagged (pun intended) as vandals, but personally I see both forms as legitimate public art.
No need to make enemies or draw lines in the sand KGC…It could be your group next that is compared to arsonists, such as State Senator John Fonfara did recently in an interview with The Hartford News describing graffiti artists. Street artists of all stripes (and their supporters) need to stand together and continue to challenge societies notions of what art is or where it belongs.
Anyway, I really appreciate and admire what you do and hope y’all keep up the great work!
UPDATE: Since the posting of this article, KGC’s mission statement has been updated and now reads:
“The Knitty Gritty Committee is the one and only Hartford yarn bombing chapter. Our influences came from Houston’s Knitta, and they deserve credit for the concept.
Yarn bombing is a type of street art which employs colorful displays of hand-made textiles placed in an urban landscape. Like most graffiti, yarn bombing isn’t about destruction, but bringing art, personality and beauty to sterile environments. This opportunity allows us to make a statement against hard, cold, masculine culture by taking a widely-viewed warm and cozy feminine past-time to the streets. Perhaps we’ll even bring some “mother” nature to Hartford.
Our targets include many objects in need of sweaters: trees, lamp posts, fire hydrants, fences, benches, monuments, statues, railings, and other urban objects.
All are welcome – male/female, crocheter/knitter.
Even if you don’t know how to knit, all you need is a willingness to learn. We also appreciate scrap yarn donations for those unable to participate in the stitching process.
For those worried about the loss or damage of a finely knit product – don’t fret. Think of it as a public service or arts donation. Odds are you’ll make someone’s day!”