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Monday, October 11, 2004
Important Knitting News
October 11, 2004
ThreeWalls hosts:

KnitKnit Magazine: book launch, exhibition and events
October 15 -17, 2004

In conjunction with Set Up A Democracy in Your House: Week 3, a month long series of politically-themed events, ThreeWalls is pleased to host a three-day reception and exhibition in celebration of the release of KnitKnit issue #4. Commencing with a book launch and reception on Friday, October 15, the weekend will feature Political Textiles, a group art show and public craft collaboration organized by artist Sabrina Gschwandtner, founder and producer of the KnitKnit publication.

The event, Political Textiles, creates a space for social commentary, not only through the display of craftwork that interprets politically charged subject matter, but also by generating open-invitation, collaborative crafting activities that will take place in the gallery on October 16th and 17th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.

MicroRevolt, a group of knitters whose projects investigate sweatshops and capitalism, have contributed their "Nike Blanket Petition" to the exhibition. On Saturday, October 16, Cat Mazza of Microvolt will collaborate with knitters during the Knitting Workshop to make 4x4 inch squares for use on the Nike Blanket's border.

Knitting patterns by Emily Drury and Mandy McIntosh will be available for knitters to follow during Saturday's Knitting Workshop. In addition, patterns for pro-Kerry and anti-Bush clothing made by Lisa Anne Auerbach of "KnittersforKerry.com" will be distributed at the gallery.

"Repent," Sherri Wood's prayer memorial banner, includes images of hundreds of tiny coffins representing the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. On Sunday, October 17th, artist Sherri Wood will lead an Open Sewing Circle to sew names of US soldiers and make stitches for the Iraqi dead.

Playing continuously throughout the weekend will be Michelle Smith's film "The Orientalist, chapter 1 - Odalisque." The film weaves together all manner of pop cultural fragments including news footage shot from a television screen, a CBN clip about suicide bombers, and a Dean Martin Spy film.

Also on exhibit will be works by Chicago-based artists Noe Kidder and Jim Finn, Rhode Island native Jodi Buonanno, and NYC-based artists and designers GRIZ, LoVid, and Chris Habib.


Friday, October 15

12 noon - 6:00 p.m. Political Textiles, exhibition open to the public
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. KnitKnit issue #4: Book Launch and Reception

Saturday, October 16
12 noon - 6:00 p.m. Political Textiles, exhibition open to the public
12 noon - 5:00 p.m. Knitting Workshops
Open to the public. Please bring your own yarn and knitting needles. Knitting patterns will be distributed and demonstrated.

Sunday, October 17
12 noon - 6:00 p.m. Political Textiles, exhibition open to the public
12 noon - 4:00 p.m. Open Sewing Circle
An open sewing circle lead by artist Sherri Wood, held to sew names of US soldiers and make stitches for the Iraqi dead. Live banjo by Woody Sullender with cellist Kevin Davis.

KnitKnit is a limited edition artist's publication dedicated to the intersection of traditional craft and contemporary art. Published twice per year, KnitKnit books include interviews, profiles, articles, reviews and drawings. KnitKnit mobilizes local arts and craft scenes by producing receptions, film and video screenings, salon style art shows, and other kinds of events. Upcoming KnitKnit projects include the CD "Music to Knit To."

The first 300 issues of KnitKnit #4 come with a special cover made by knitwear designer Liz Collins. KnitKnit issues #3 and #4 are both available for $20 at ThreeWalls. For additional information please contact Shannon Stratton, tel/fax 312.432.3972, shannon@three-walls.org. KnitKnit's website is www.knitknit.net.

For a complete schedule of events and how to participate in Set Up A Democracy in Your House: Week 3, please visit: www.three-walls.org--

ThreeWalls is located at: 119 N. Peoria #2A, Chicago, IL 60607
312.432.3972 | sup@three-walls.org | http://www.three-walls.org

ThreeWalls is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to contemporary art and art education. Our mission is to provide workspace for emerging artists who are at pivotal points in their careers, and to offer the public new approaches to contemporary art-practices through unconventional exhibitions and educational programming.

ThreeWalls is supported by numerous individuals, and by grants from the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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THANK YOU Dan at Iconoduel for letting me know!

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