To celebrate the arrival and stay of the Jamaican and American Olympic teams in Birmingham for London 2012, Sara Fowles, textile artist and co-founder of Birmingham based “guerrilla knitters” group Stitches and Hos, has devised their most ambitious project to date. K2Tog – Knit 2 Together is an art installation that will see all six columns of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery covered with knit graffiti. The installation will open on 27 July 2012 to coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games.
It is the largest-scale project to date for the crafts group, who gave the iconic Birmingham Bullring bull his Christmas jumper last December. Inspired by the colours used on both of the teams' national flags, which are also the same colours in the Olympic rings logo, the project will use these six colours (red, blue, white, yellow, green and black) to create the installation. Made up of hundreds of knitted squares, the project will use 1,300 balls of wool and take an estimated 4,500 hours to create.
Stiches and Hos are calling on volunteers to help knit the squares required to complete the installation. K2Tog – Knit 2 Together, a knitting abbreviation for 'knit 2 (stitches) together', signifies people coming together to knit. The project aims to engage people to contribute to the visually spectacular artwork, engage with local craft groups, pass on traditional hand knitting skills and demonstrate the high quality of craft within the Birmingham and West Midlands area.
Budding knitters interested in knitting for K2Tog - Knit 2 Together should email firstname.lastname@example.org
The K2Tog – Knit 2 Together installation will remain open until the end of September.
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