Tuesday, 31 March 2009
I've been dying with Kool Aid over the weekend. Every time Sabrina comes from New York, she brings a few tubs of the stuff. Kool Aid is a children's synthetic fruit drink which comes in powdered form and can be used to dye protein fibre without any fixative. If you have a knowledge of textiles you'll know that protein fibre like wool and silk are difficult to dye, because you need to add an acid, which smells bad, and is poisonous to touch. Well it seems that Kool Aid contains something simular. I do not recommend you drink it, but for dying it's great because it doesn't mess up your kitchen and it makes your house smell like you are boiling sweets.
Thank you very much to Miss Hilary Penn for thinking of Prick Your Finger whilst touring Barcelona last week. Hilary saw a haberdashery shop with a wonderful Easter display. The angel has hair of tape measure, pins in her halo and heart, and threads under her skirts. We thought it rather lovely.
We all loved Rob Ryan's beautiful paper cut veil. It was crying, and we all thought of parties we had been to where we could have worn it.
Here we see two of the models before the easter parade with the Prick Your Finger Crochet paper crown(left) and the Tatty Devine Easter egg (right) We didn't win Gold, Silver, or Bronze, but we did get a special mention from Stephen Jones, who asked the crown to step forward, and then said it was beautifully made and he couldn't work out how it was done! Woo!
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
The House of Fairy Tales is a very spacial place. Their Candlelit Matinee last Saturday at Shunt proved that creativity is an epidemic running through 16-21 year olds. While shadow puppets danced on the walls, I sat in the middle of a huge dressing up box, where the clothes flew over my head with busy fingers, making looks by cutting and sewing, and posing for another group of people, who were drawing portraits, around a dinner table, complete with candle sticks.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
As I was arranging the magic rugs at 'The House of Fairy Tales' yesterday, I looked up at the damp cavernous walls of 'Shunt' and noticed some moth like creatures sleeping.
The inspiration for knitting these relics, came from a relief on a wall in St Magnus' Cathedral Orkney. Through the process of making them, the piece became a picnic. At Gallery 10, I spread it out on the floor.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Rosemary has been very busy with the chicks. She has given them the upmost care, dyeing their little pipe cleaner legs the right colour, fluffing their angora coats and trying to get them all standing upright at the same time.
Friday, 20 March 2009
For her latest installation '189 Miles', architectural artist and former Liberty dress designer Angela Wright has made a site specific work at 'All Hallows on the Wall' church, which is well worth a visit.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Here is a lovely tune for you by 'The Long Lost' whom you can meet when they play here, at Prick Your Finger on Wednesday 18th March at 7.30pm. Please arrive at about 7.15
Knitting is a perfectly acceptable thing to do during the performance. Beer is free with the password K2tog.
See you there!
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
What we loved about the Barbican's "Do Something Different" event, was that most contributers, really were doing something different. They had never pretended to play a knitting machine in an avant garde orchestra before. The conversation was fascinating, and so was the music. Thank you very much for having us, we did enjoy meeting you all.
Friday, 6 March 2009
On Tuesday, whilst conducting our Home Made Sportswear event, we made a friend!
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Prick Your Finger are proud to present
Louise and I had a stroll along the Southbank yesterday, to spy the knitted graffiti made by the Stitch and Bitch girls when Knitta came to London week before last.
We got very excited and made a fantastic mess last night when we worked out how to spin fashion magazines. It could of course, remain debatable whether our yarn would be 'so now' or 'so last season', as some of the magazines were a bit old, but we don't care. This yarn is beautiful.
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Jenny works hard at her knitting!
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
Blink and you miss something at PYF. On Thursday evening, Celia Pym burst through the door in a whirlwind of joy and a little pink pansy in a pot. By the time I remembered to water the said plant on Saturday afternoon, our Rosemary had taught herself how to knit on 4 needles and made a very attractive pot in teracotta carpet yarn.