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Call for Entries: Stories in Textures with Daina Taimina
February 16, 2010, 5:16 PM
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Fiber Stories with Daina Taimina

Hyperbolic crocheter Daina Taimina has announced an open call for participation in her experimental fiber project tentatively titled, “Story in Textures.”

Last month, Taimina retired from her profession as a Mathematics professor at Cornell University. Because she experiences difficulty expressing this emotional transition in words, Taimina has begun outletting her feelings through fibers.

Her hope is that, if someone asks her how she feels about her academic career and retirement, she will be able to hand them a tangible object that expresses her loss for words. The challenge will be creating beautiful work that also represents the pain of her transition.

Taimina is inviting other fiber artists to express a story or emotion through small fiber work ranging between 20 and 50 centimeters in any direction. Whether you include the story or emotional experience that inspired you is optional. Entries must be received by the end of March at the latest in order to be included in her talk at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Arts’ “Textures” conference in June.

For more information, visit http://fiberforthought.multiply.com/ (you do not need to register to view the site).


Knitters Without Borders Beams the Knit Signal for Haiti

The Knit Signal

Though the organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is typically among the first to respond in the event of a disaster, its Haitian hospital has been shut down due to the damage sustained in Tuesday’s Port au Prince earthquake.

While MSF’s sister sites in other countries are working to send aide and resources, Haiti’s facilities have been relocated to tent sites in their former courtyard.  The situation is grim.

Knitters: here’s how you can help.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee of the Yarn Harlot knit blog asks you to take the Knitters Without Borderes Challenge. This week, every time you make a purchase, ask yourself: Is this a need (food, water, shelter, medicine, or safety) or a want?  For crafters, this is an exercise in putting our hobbies on hold for the sake of those without such privileges.

In my case, the Knitters Without Borders Challenge will mean donating 50% of January’s Spinhandspun Etsy profits to MSF International.

If you would like to make a contribution, MSF recommends donating to them in the form of an “undirected” gift, for example by selecting “Greatest Needs” or “Emergency Relief” in the website’s drop-down menu. This will allow MSF to continue to responding to all international crises while the world has its magnifying glass on Haiti.

Finally, to encourage relief, Stephanie has started a Knitters Without Borders Tally for knitters who donate. After making your gift, e-mail her at kwb@yarnharlot.ca with your name and e-mail address, and she will register you to win knit-related prizes.

For more information, visit the MSF website, and Stephanie’s blog at Yarnharlot.com

To learn about “The Knit Signal,” see Bookishgirl’s post at: Throwing up the Bat Signal.

Subversive Yarn.ning : Social Networking Site for Yarn Artists

Attention yarn artists! Looking for ways to share your work and gain inspiration from other like-minded folk? Rachel Elwell of the fabulous Art Yarn blog has created the social networking site Subversive Yarn . Ning for knitters and crocheters alike! Members have access to event promotion, portfolio sharing, forums, group discussion boards, and more. Below are just a few examples of member work:

Word on the Street, Vancouver. September 27, 2009.

Photo courtesy of Leanne Prain & Mandy Moore

Zoe’s Cover of the Sculpture

Jade on Her Park-Bench-Couch

Photos courtesy Matthew Venables via Michelle McCosker

Knit a Poem

Crime Scene Do Not Cross

Photos courtesy of Molli the Woodtagger

Knitted Plastic Bags

Photo courtesy of Denise Litchfield

The Shed Jumper Project

Self Assembly: Crocheting Ikea Curtains

Photos courtesy of Rachel Elwell

Plastic Jellyfish

Handspun Plastics

Photos courtesy of Rockpool Candy

Again, check it all out at: http://www.subversiveyarn.ning.com !

Call For Entries: 500 Felt Objects!
January 4, 2010, 1:35 PM
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Open Call for Book Entries: 500 Felt Objects

500 Felt Objects
Juror: Susan Brown
Entry deadline: March 6th, 2010

Lark Books seeks images from artists/designers across the globe for publication in a juried collection showcasing felt objects. Categories in the book will include Garments, Jewelry, Furniture, Bags, Art Pieces, Headwear, Functional Items/Home Décor, Floor and Wall Coverings, and more. Felt must be the focus of all work, but other materials are allowed. While Lark usually features hand-made work, for this book, innovative designs in industrial felt are acceptable. For more information and a downloadable detail guideline, click here.

“We Knit Graffiti” Knittaplease Book Submission Extended!
January 4, 2010, 12:25 PM
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Knittaplease Book Submission Deadline Extended

This just in from Madga Sayeg of Knittaplease: The submission deadline for their new book, “We Knit Graffiti” has been extended to January 31st, 2010.

For more information on how to become part of it, click here!

Fiberarts Valentines Day Card Contest

Fiberarts Valentine’s Day Card Contest

Fiberarts magazine, published in Loveland, CO, announces its annual “Send Us Your Love” Valentine’s Day card-designing competition. Since 1947, the Loveland post office has been re-mailing valentines day cards from around the world, adding its own poem and cancellation marks to the design. Fiberarts asks you to submit a handmade postcard to the cause using the following template to allow room for both the poem and the cancellation mark (postcards must meet U.S. Postal Service Requirements).

Submissions will be photographed, and some will be featured in future magazine and website articles. Prizes and challenges are listed on the website.

Send your entries to:
Fiberarts Valentines
201 East Fourth Street
Loveland, CO 80537-5655

Entries must be postmarked by January 15th, 2010. For full contest details, visit: http://www.fiberarts.com/back_issues/January-February-2010/valentine-postcard.asp And for examples of a few already-submitted cards, click here.

Threadknits Threadless Competition

Threadknits Threadless Competition

Chris Cardinal of threadknits.com has announced an open call for individuals and group submissions of Threadless inspired yarn-creations.

Prizes are awarded weekly in the categories of knitting and crochet, and include: $250 cash money, inclusion on the custom threadless art panel, goodies from ReadyMade Magazine, and free knitting schwag.

Submissions must be completed by Monday, March 1st, 2010

David Creighton-Pester

Rachel Thompson

For official rules, visit: http://www.threadknits.com/rules/