What is the artistic value of the work?
“Wool-n-Dance” * WnD is an integral, interdiciplinaire and participatory big event.
* WnD brings together versatile aspects. see above
* WnD promotes a deeper consciousness of life.
* WnD inspires us to develop our own creativity
* WnD promotes active producing, more than consuming
* WnD points out the importance of communal work combined with fun
The completed carpet – what is the longer term objective, will it be displayed, if so where?
Every WnD-carpet has his own destination.
* In the past our carpets have been displayed and commissioned.
* One is a carpet in an apartment.
* Another one got made into a yurt
* One serves as a meditation and yoga carpet
* The one of London, which will be used at the 2009 “Knitting and
Stitching Show”, has had interest from the South-Bank-Center for
* Some of the smaller pieces travel with us as examples and inspiration.
Who are the artists-makers involved and there
past relevant experience - what are the development opportunities for
For every event our crew is formating a creative group and invites interested textile people to join new experiences.
WnD is more than just a weekend-event but a movement with snowball-effect.
What were the successes of the last work at the Southbank Centre?
We got many compliments from the organizers of the
Thames Festival 08, from the SCB and the press. We got included in the
Thames-Festival-Foto-Calender and in a tube clip. Our small documentary
“Birth of a wool-carpet” can be seen on you tube.
What is the reason to perform the event again, how will you develop the idea based on previous successes/ weaknesses?
Our commitment isn’t fulfilled until we have taken
part in the UN proclaimed “Year of natural fibres 2009”. Our engagement
with wool-art, team-work, participant events, exercise, promoting
creativity and pleasurful working goes on. We are developing the idea
by slowly improving our techniques from experience.
In a wider context how is this promoting craft or
more specifically knitting - I can see that you are included use of
certain materials, although not technique?
At these particular K&SS events we are only
using natural fibres and new techniques in knitting, weaving, felting
and spinning mixed with old traditions.
Who is involved to lead the dance element of the
piece, we would look for specific expertise within the team? There
would need to be some element of a learning outcome for participants
both in relation to the artwork and the dance?
Dancing on the carpet is not a spectacular show, but a great event to take part.
We are not interested in having single dance performers, we need
the crowd dancing to exchange the loose wool-fibres into a solid piece
This experience of enjoying work, learning skills, exercising the
body and having fun while moving and dancing brings people together.