Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Meeting TONIGHT!

Tonight we shall meet at a new location, the always happening Vegas BLVD off Sisson Ave in Hartford's West End. 7pm! There will be great pizza, alcohol, AND it's open mic night hosted by Hartford's only Bret the One Man Band! There's also open outdoor seating and plenty of street signs nearby....

So come join us or check us out and we'll gladly show you what the KGC is made of!


Friday, May 21, 2010

Where have I been?!

I graduated! No more college, bring on the KGC!

When do we want to have our meeting this upcoming week? Comment below and we can work something out for us all. Now that the weather is more amiable, we can meet almost anywhere.

On Saturday, June 19th, Real Art Ways is sponsoring a night-time bike ride. The facebook event page can be found here. Participants are urged to "art-up" their bikes.... so let's show them what we're made of!
Photo courtesy of Hartford Party Starter's own Dirty D.

Now for some of that good ol' inspiration to grease those needles. As you may know, textile art isn't just for us ladies! Derick Melander's very impressive sculptures can be found on his website, his most recent work is posted below. Here's his artist statement.
"I create large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing.  These structures take the form of wedges, columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons.  Smaller pieces directly interact with the surrounding architecture.  Larger works create discrete environments.
As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence.  It traces the edge of the body, defining the boundary between the individual and the outside world. 
The clothing used for these works is folded to exact dimensions and attention is paid to the ordering of the garments.  For example, the sequence can relate to the way we layer the clothing we wear or the clothing can be sorted by color, gender or by the order that it was received.  Individual components are often connected together with shirt sleeves, pant legs and belts forming bridge-like appendages.
For me, the process of folding and stacking the individual garments adds a layer of meaning to the finished piece.  When I come across a dress with a hand-sewn repair, or a coat with a name written inside the collar, the work starts to feel like a collective portrait.  As the layers of clothing accumulate, the individual garments are compressed into a single mass, a symbolic gesture that explores the conflicted space between society and the individual, between the self and the outside world."

Don't forget to post your ideas for meeting time/place this week!!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

wikki wikki!

I have a couple of friends. Actually the friends are a couple. She's a knitter and he's a dj. I think they will both get a kick out of this that I found on the knithacker.

I don't see you two enough! Miss you! (you know who I'm talking to. You, silly!)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The word is getting out...

So I'm scooting around the Internet, checking my e-mail. I get a crafting newsletter every once in a while. I check it out and come across this ad for a cell phone company in Ireland.

It's the first time I've seen yarn bombing in a commercial. Hopefully not the last!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hey! So a little message about that last link. I'm sorry. I don't know what happened. And when I tried to fix it, got worse! Brain is a little scrambled due to Census work and freelance sewing job. AAAAAACK! I was just talking to Camus Knitty yesterday about how busy we are lately. But hopefully it will get back under control soon. I don't want to spend the whole summer like this. I've got knitting to do!

Until then, maybe this picture will cheer you up.
It was what I was trying to post last time. Funny!

Monday, May 3, 2010


So when should we meet this week?

I'm thinking Wednesday or Thursday.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hot times...

It's hot and I feel lazy. Unusually lazy. It is rare that I don't feel like doing a damn thing. And there are things that really need doing. But I'm not doing them now. Perhaps not today at all. So feel warm and fuzzy (ok not too warm, it's hot today.) that I got up to share this with you. Feast your eyes on!%E2%80%9D%0Aadmiral_ackbar_knit_toy_by...this

I love it. I have to figure out how to make it. And my friends now know what they are getting for Xmas this year. Just not working on it today.