FRIDAY Fast Five: For the Love of Craft

In keeping with my last Fast Five’s aim to reflect on something good from my previous fortnight, this here FFF is dedicated to today’s ‘Self-care for the yeah’: craft. It is inspired by a lunch that a dear friend, and fellow mama, organised last weekend. A bunch of mum friends bunched into Cicio Cacio in Newtown (srsly, go eat some mean as Italian food there asap) for a (very) long lunch of kai, wine, craft and great kōrero. The lunch was a great reminder to knit more. So here we are, for the love of craft, these are some beautiful things I’ve looked at and felt inspired by.

Why are knitting-book kids so intense-looking?

Why are knitting-book kids so intense-looking?

1. Kolose

Earlier in the week my colleague Migoto and I went on a tipi haere out to Pātaka. It was fantastic seeing the incredible array of Māori art on display including the Wi Taepa retrospective, Whakapapa by James Ormsby and Tools of Oppression and Liberation by Ngahina Hohaia. The Ngahina Hohaia poi work ‘Paopao ki tua o rangi’ is one of the most moving pieces I have ever seen so get in while you can as it closes on the 12th of February.

The Bottle Creek community gallery has also just opened their latest exhibition Kolose: The Art of Tuvalu Crochet by Fafine Niutao i Aotearoa which is described as such: “Kolose illustrates the adoption and continual development of art practices whilst highlighting the supporting structure of women as knowledge holders. Often gifted, the brightly coloured and free-styled patterns of Kolose portray the love for one’s community, culture and island.” When we were in there a family was watching the AV on display and a little girl was dancing with such unabashed innocence, it was fabulous to see.

2. Mini samplers

 From the Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London, here is a video of some little things that are exquisitely made. Watch till the end. And then go follow him on Twitter.

3. Pussy Hats

Arguably the most recognisable piece of craft in recent times is the hat that was ubiquitous in the recent Women’s Marches. This hat became a mobilising uniform for attendees and even now I know of women who have knitted them in solidarity to the cause. The woollen hat was chosen for practical purposes due to the cold of Washington D.C. in winter, and each of the elements was considered to symbolise what it was believed the march was about.

And yet, the pussy hats were also seen to represent the ways in which the marches failed in adequately representing the intersectionality of the marches. Thanks to Jenee Desmond-Harris and Kate Geiselman for these pieces exploring the ways in which not only the march should be interrogated but also by which all of feminism fails if it is not intersectional.

4. Susan Holmes: Fabric Artist

For ages now I’ve been taunted by images of friends attending workshops at Objectspace as part of the events programme held in conjunction with their soon-to-end exhibition. As I’ve mentioned, I didn’t get a chance to view this exhibition in person so thankfully my friend Sarah has written about it for the Worn Through website. Behold those beauteous materials!

5. Queen Bey’s twins

It should not have escaped your attention that Beyonce has announced that she is pregnant with twins. And when thinking of babies, I immediately think of tiny knitted booties which I will happily make for Queen Bey's offspring (call me!). The Knowles sisters have a knack for manipulating material so that it becomes as other-worldly. I mean when, in the history of the world, has a pregnancy announcement looked like this:

That veil. The underwire bra (which I was always warned against due to fear of blocked ducts). Mostly tho, those frilly silk knickerbockers.

On that note, who run the world?