HMA is celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 13th in conjunction with the ongoing Woven Together exhibit. All fiber artists are invited to join other local knitters, spinners, crocheters, and weavers to showcase the fiber art they are so passionate about, while socializing on the South lawn (off the one-way street, 243 3rd Avenue NE) of the SALT Block, in front of the Museum. The Museum will not charge any kind of booth or other fee. Free bottled water will be available.
World Wide Knit in Public (WWKIP) was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes, an Australian sheep farmer and fiber artist, as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company in a change from a more usually solitary activity. From about 25 events that first year, the idea has grown by now to over 1,000 local events all over the world. Each local event is organized by local volunteers. (www.wwkipday.com) What makes each WWKIP so special is that it gives artists a chance to see what others are working on, and it also shows those unfamiliar with these forms of creativity a chance to see what the techniques really are like.
Textiles have long been a tradition in the Greater Hickory region, with hosieries (legwear), yarn companies and textile mills, as well as area businesses working in tandem with the textile industry. This makes Hickory an exceptionally appropriate location for a WWKIP event.
For the June 13th HMA WWKIP event, knitters and crocheters can bring in-process pieces to finish; while spinners are invited to bring their drop spindles or spinning wheels, and weavers can bring lap looms or other small projects. In this way the event will showcase the common thread of talent, and will be a reminder of how traditionally these talents were used as a chance to spend time with others, much like quilting circles of old.
Do not forget to also step inside the Hickory Museum of Art and see the Woven Together exhibit that will be on display at the time. This will also be the fallback location for the HMA WWKIP event in case of bad weather.