Sara Fowles and Stitches and Hos are no strangers to adorning Birmingham landmarks in yarn. Last summer they gave the Floozy in the Jacuzzi a scarf and in December gave the Bullring bull its own Christmas jumper. They now need your help in achieving their most ambitious project to date! To celebrate the arrival and stay of the Jamaican and American Olympic teams in Brum for London 2012, they plan to cover the lower columns on the exterior of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with knit graffiti.
For the K2TOG (Knit 2 Together) project, six colours (red, blue, white, yellow, green and black) will be used to create the piece. The colours are used on both of the teams’ national flags and are also the same colours used in the Olympic rings logo. Nifty eh? The project has been chosen to be part of Kalaboration, celebrating both the forthcoming 2012 Olympics and the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence. The piece will be up from the beginning of the Games to the end of September.
Sara Fowles and Stitches and Hos are currently crowd-funding in order to raise the £2500 that is needed to realise the project.
The money raised will help fund workshops in order for the piece to be made. The project aims to work with schools, colleges and community groups in order to pass on the skill of hand knitting to those who have little experience of traditional crafts. Those who are interested in knitting for the project should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The money will also help to fund a pop-up shop in the Mailbox, a relaxing drop-in space where anyone can come to contribute to the piece and find out about the project. Staff will be on hand to teach basic knitting skills and local workers can pop-in over their lunch hour or after work to knit a square or just a few rows.
Those interested in donating to the project should click right here.