I have read or heard several interesting comments about knit graffiti and tree sweaters . What's the point? Shouldn't wool be put to a better use? What a waste of time? Will it hurt the tree?
What is the point:The point is to create something out of a material that puts it into a new context, because it's fun, because it brightens up a dismal grey day, because it makes people smile.
Shouldn't wool be put to a better use: It could be argued that every material an artist uses could be put to a better use or donated. Like paint, or beads, the vibrant colours of yarn become yet another medium for an artist to use.
It's a waste of time: That is a matter of personal opinion.
Will it hurt the tree: Not according to the several professionals we talked to.
The biggest kick is talking to people, old and young, who stop and ask us questions or let us know how much they are enjoying it. Some have been inspired to knit , or donate a piece for the tree, some just want to touch the tree. HeEre is a link to our KnitKnot Tree Slide Show.
Carol Hummel's award winning tree sweater
Janet Morton's lacy doily tree called "early frost"
Revolutionary Knitting Circle that uses knitting for social change
Knitta -tagging with knitting
Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting
Tank cozy protest piece by Marianne Jørgensen
Columbia News article: Activists use knitting needles to make their point
Elaine Bradford talks about the meaning behind covering trees and utilitarian objects with her knitting.