Society of Arts + Crafts: Artist Talk: Knitting is Newsworthy
From Madame Defarge in Charles Dickens’ 1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities, to Washington D.C.-born “craftivist” Cat Mazza, knitters have incorporated the political into their stitches. Artists in the current wave of sculptural knitters also address modern-day issues including war, climate change, species preservation and more. Artist Adrienne Sloane, whose own political knitting project “The Unraveling” is on display at the Society of Arts + Crafts, leads a talk about protest patterns and political purl stitches from the movement’s historical roots up to its current trends. Sloane talks about her own political imagery, telling personal stories from years of using knitting to convey political messages.