So what do knitters get up to on a lazy afternoon in the River City?
Well, yesterday a group of us became part of the art at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6) at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.
One of the exhibits is Untitled 9, a gigantic plinth which dominates the gallery’s River Room. The plinth is topped with a circle of chairs, where various groups have been invited to meet during the exhibition. Yesterday, Biggan and I joined other members of the Brisbane SnB group for a spot of public knitting as art.
From the top of the plinth, we knitters had a fabulous view of the river and the new Kurilpa Bridge, a pedestrian and cyclist bridge which links the city heart to the art gallery precinct. It’s an interesting structure, and a very apt view for our group, as people often liken it to knitting needles!
If you would like to read more about the concept behind Untitled 9, have a peek at the blog of its creators, the art collective DAMP.
On Tuesday afternoon, I popped in to the newly started Stick- och Syjunta (Knit and Knatter) at the Swedish Church here in London. I had a wonderful time with the loveliest people, all talented knitters and very interested to be working with our yarn. One of the pastors, Björn, even came down to join us for a bit — he is a charismatic young guy and a keen knitter!!! I’ve been invited to show our yarns and knitwear at their next meeting in February.
During the evening I do not know how many people came up and complimented me on my red Saya wrap and my pumpkin Mary skirt and Georgia sweater. So many were interested in knitting the Saya wrap, which is great! It is a most useful garment for any occasion, be it travelling, out on the town, on the sofa with a book, or to a concert at night!
I stayed on for a fabulous Advent Concert that evening, held first at the church with traditional Christmas music, and later down in the refectory for a more frivolous performance. The quality of the performers was superb. Swedish mezzo soprano Catrin Johnsson and soprano Linda Johnsson, accompanied by Rachel Fuller at the piano, filled the church with beautiful Christmas carols, and later Johan Hugosson performed an almighty piano sonata by Frans Schubert. The world-renowned a capella quartet Cantabile sang a wonderful rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas, with such hilarity and cheek that they had us all in awe and stitches! I’m definitely a fan, and will be following very closely where they will be performing again. They are extraordinary in their musical range and acting skills within the musical context.