Category Archives: In the Real News

The story of the Frankfurt stock exchange and the Munich guerilla knitters.

‘They came bearing knitting needles – and left the bull and bear statues outside the Frankfurt stock exchange with a bright and woolie new look.’ More at Metro.co.uk

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‘American Apparel Worker, Crushed By A Knitting Machine.’

This is very sad.

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The story of Carrie Reichardt and the Trojan horse.

How it all started: July 30

I got this email from Carrie …‘Carrie Reichardt akd The Baroness (well known craftivists and rebel rousing renegade potter)  and Nick Reynolds (son of Great Train robber Bruce Reynolds and harmonic player in cult band Alabama 3), where one of the 10 artists chosen by the Cheltenham museum of art and craft to decorate a life-size resin horse to celebrate 100 years of horse racing at Cheltenham. They spent months changing the rather horrid resin horse they were given into a magnificent, highly crafted  Dada Trojan Horse, complete with a ceramic history of horses – as told from a animal rights position. The horse is intended to be displayed for the next few months on the streets of Cheltenham, before they are auctioned off from Cheltenham races in Oct. But will Cheltenham have the stomach to display a piece of work that informs its audience of the true horrors and atrocities that horses have endured at the hands of humans.’

Then, on August 9Carrie told me: ‘The horse was vandalised hours after being put on the street. Two others were also damaged. We have fixed it up and it is due to go back out on Wednesday, we believe it will now go into the Beechwood shopping centre, which is closed at night. But this does need to be confirmed tomorrow.’… 13 days later.

From thisisgloucestershire.co.uk. ‘One of the horse sculptures which was supposed to celebrate Cheltenham’s historic racing links has been moved inside for its own safety. The horse, which was designed by well-known mosaic craftswoman Carrie Reichardt and artist Nick Reynolds, had occupied a prestigious spot in the Long Gardens opposite the Municipal Offices.’

Glad to see this fine piece of craftivism has found a home. Carrie’s work is AMAZING, and I’m very pleased that the people who found it a safe haven had the guts to keep it on show.

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DIY vajazzle kits: does that count as craft?

The Only Way Is Essex are releasing a line of vajazzle kits. Does that count as craft?! Anybody care to try it and report back?

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Wendi Deng Murdoch, a knitter?

Alas, not quite. But it’s a cracking question on this New York Times quiz:

During the televised Parliamentary testimony of Rupert Murdoch, his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, became an international sensation when she did what?

A. Broke out into an a cappella rendition of “I Will Always Love You”

B. Was seen knitting the names of Mr. Murdoch’s enemies into a scarf

C. Attacked a protester who threw a pie at Mr. Murdoch

D. Hacked into the prime minister’s phone

I would most definitely like to see Wendi knitting a scarf like this. She would rock even more.

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Manchester’s new embroidery artist.

Read more about Louise Gardiner at the Manchester Evening News website.

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But is it art?

“Has Hereford’s street artist struck again? Or is it just a new way of getting rid of unwanted furniture? Whatever it is, this table and chair – decorated with a white blanket, book and toothbrush – certainly caused a stir in Bobblestock, Hereford.”

Interesting story in the Hereford Times. But what do you think? It is a street artist, someone having a laugh or a load of rubbish piled up by accident?

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Oooh, a little Scottish guerrilla origami.

“The mystery of who has been delivering hand-crafted artworks to the city’s cultural hotspots has deepened after an intricate model of a nesting dragon was found in the Scottish Storytelling Centre,” says the Scotsman. More info about the origami, which is made using pages from an Ian Rankin novel, here.

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‘Having a hobby bolsters our physical as well as our mental wellbeing.’

Which is nice. More from Express.co.uk.

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I do love it when a British-based crafts brand get big.

And The Cambridge Satchel Company have been EVERYWHERE this summer. More over at guardian.co.uk.

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