What happens when one of London’s most famous art museums invites two of London’s most infamous sneaky stitchers through the doors and lets them bring the yarnstorm with them?
The Fastener conjured up colours from the Tate’s collection. All that painty potential squeezed into tiny tubes ready to break free and run riot on the canvas, patiently waiting to be dabbed onto the end of a brush and turned into art.
The Fastener’s Crochet Tubes of Tate Colour were a needle-made nod in the direction of some of the most famous paintings in the Tate’s collection:
And all three colours bloom in one of Tate Britain’s most famous paintings too (if only Ophelia has taken up graffiti knitting things might have ended more happily for her).
Deadly Knitshade had artists of her own in mind. Artists whose gallery was a little less usual than the hallowed halls of London’s art museums. The art of the spray can and stencil was about to get squishy.
As Picasso once said “The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.” (a quote which Banksy then stole). Deadly Knitshade’s Stitched Street Art Salute pinched iconic images from street graffiti’s best known artists and turned them into woolly works of art.
Tate Britain successfully stitched up. Mischief managed.
Thanks in stitched spadeloads to Tate Britain (and the helpful and art-loving Aimee and Adrian) for inviting us to yarnstorm. It was an honour to be showcased amongst such amazing artists and we’re proud to have been able to bring the sneaky stitch to one of London’s loveliest museums.
For more on this yarnstorm check out:
Deadly Knitshade’s Stitched Street Art Salute
The Fastener’s Stitching Up the Tate