Saturday, 13 September 2008

SIT ON TREVOR'S BENCH AT TREVOR'S SALON.


Trevor Pitt is possibly the only man on the planet that understands the connection between 17th century philosophical gatherings, knitting circles and a trip to the suburban hairdressers. To experience Trevor's refreshing outlook on the world of craft, you might like to take a trip to Birmingham, where his knitting salon is working on a knitted harvest festival as part of ArtsFest in Victoria Square, Birmigham, 13-14th September. 
Trevor knows his community, and together they have knitted the 'Soft Bench' in reponse to the changing landscape of the estates he grew up in.  Local estates were designed in 1920's and 1930's around Art's and Craft's utopian notions of what suburban housing for working people might be. As Trevor grew up, problems crept into the estates, and he developed a passion for bringing craft back into the community. There's a whole essay to be written on Soft Bench, which I don't have time to write today, but one day we hope to show it at PYF. 
In the mean time, have an adventure, book a knitting appointment, and meet the locals and develop some brummy knitting jargon! 

1 comment:

Felix said...

Wow Trevor Pitt's 'Soft Bench' is a massive inspiration!

Do you have any copies of the knitting pattern booklet he produced? I have been reading about the project and the booklet for about 2 hours now and am keen to see the booklet... what an amazing project. I love how he has mixed up form, process, function and politics with this wicked project.

As always: thanks for the heads up!