Knitting Together a Community
You may have noticed that the Craft and Folk Art Museum was sporting some stylish knitwear these past few months, its facade working it in an oversized granny square snuggie, courtesy of the guerilla knitters of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles. Operating at the intersection of art, craft, civic policy and community practice, bombers regularly festoon walls, trees, fences and the like with their handmade "graffiti," enlivening unexpected public places with warm color, humor and subtle, evocative commentary. This week, they bring their craft to the Downtown Women's Center's resale boutique in Skid Row, a place centered around social activism and sustainable culture. During the November edition of the monthly Downtown Art Walk, there's a full day of events, receptions, discussions and knit-art installations on the building and surrounding streets. Installations begin at noon, and there's an open house from 6 to 11 p.m. The results will be on view until Dec. 13, but its effects will live on far longer. That's because part of this story is how the yarn bombers teamed up with the women's center resale boutique and workshops, sharing vocational and creative skills with the ladies who operate and earn from it, bringing the life of the granny squares full circle. Downtown Women's Center/MADE by DWC Resale Boutique, 325 Los Angeles St., dwntwn.; Thurs., Nov. 14, noon-11 p.m.; free. (213) 213-2807, yarnbombinglosangeles.com.
Thu., Nov. 14, 12-11 p.m., 2013
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