A Statement In Yarn

My Danish friend Dana has a bee in her bonnet about yarn, she is a spinner and dyer and a knitter extraordinaire. Dana also has a bee in her bonnet about the state of the world. As a matter of fact, she has strong, well-informed opinions about most matters. Dana does not just stop with the usual ‘hand-wringing’ about anything. From my perspective, she has taken a leaf out of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s book and “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.” Dana reacts spontaneously and intelligently to the state of the world and this time she has set in motion a piece of knit/crochet graffiti among her friends. The text will read: “DEMOKRATIET HAR PLADS TIL OS ALLE” (democracy has room for everyone) alongside symbols of democracy.

A by Irene LundgaardClones Roses by Irene LundgaardShamrocks by Irene Lundgaard

This weekend I made my own contribution to the project. I committed to making an A and two symbols. I chose a variation of ‘Clones Roses’ as a symbol of the empowering effect piecework has had on generations of women and I simply just had to include the Shamrock to symbolise the fact that ‘there always is an Irish connection’. I made them up as I went, perhaps I should have used a proper traditional Irish pattern, but it was just too much fun to make them up, so I chose not to.

Dana is currently working on finding a relevant place to display this wonderful piece somewhere in Copenhagen – I imagine. I look forward to seeing it in it’s entirety and I am very happy to be part of the project and I hope to be able to show a picture of the finished item in place eventually.

Note: These pieces are made in horrid acrylics. I really don’t like working in acrylics, but we must suffer for the cause. 😉

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