Lacey Jane Roberts Masters the Art of Guerilla Knitting

roberts_01Lacey Jane Roberts is not one to color within the lines.  Her studio practice of large scale, site-specific knitted instillations pushes the boundaries of traditional art.

Lacey Jane’s instillations, which occasionally consist of guerilla actions, showcase her skillful fiber work of knitting, twining, Peruvian wrapping, vacuum forming, latex, knotless netting, multiple harness floor loom and loom maintenance, block printing, basket-weaving, felting, embroidery, hand and machine sewing, and overlock/serger.

Lacey Jane has served as visiting faculty in the textiles department and a Studio Practice Instructor in the MFA program at California College of the Arts.  Her work was most recently included in the exhibition “Capital Jewelers” at Naomi Aron Contemporary Art in Las Vegas, NV.crafts2-1

Her recent ambitious and strikingly beautiful piece “We couldn’t get in. We couldn’t get out.” consisted of a huge hot pink, knitted barbed wire fence made from crank-knit yarn, hand-woven wire, steel poles and assorted hardware. 

Lacey Jane’s guerilla work was also reflected in San Francisco in 2005 when California College of The Arts dropped the word “Crafts” from its name.  Lacey Jane installed the words “& crafts” with hand-knit yarn and plexiglass.

To view more of Lacey Jane Robert’s work go to www.laceyjaneroberts.com.

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Around the Yarniverse: Links for Fiber Artists

yarn-globeThe weather is turning cooler, the holidays are approaching, and the month of September will soon be behind us.  This only signals one thing-Fall is approaching!

In the spirit of Fall, I have started to knit a pumpkin dishcloth.

Enter a make it with wool contest

Recycled cotton: A new and upcoming trend.  

Fall craft ideas for the whole family to enjoy. 

Be a part of the world wide Spin in Public Day

A slice of warm pumpkin bread is delicious on a cool Fall day.

Prep your garden with Fall gardening tips.

Some Fiber Artists Knit For Peace

3523941925_7bc57675edFor some, the initiative to knit is not to make a scarf, or a sweater, or an afghan blanket.  Some fiber artists believe the act of knitting should be utilized as a representation of peace, social justice, and a movement to stop war.

CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, emerged out of the desire of a group of American women to stop the war in Iraq.  CODEPINK played on the former Bush Administration’s color-coded homeland security alerts that signal terrorist threats.

On Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-10, 2009 in DC, CODEPINK activists knitted squares for a giant, 150-foot long White House “Cozy.”  About 100 women from around the world contributed to the “cozy,” which read in green letters with a pink outline, “We will not raise our children to kill another mother’s child!”

The completed “cozy” consisted of around 5,000 squares, and was then strung across the White House fence.  Children then stitched together 10″ by 10″ linen squares decorated by Iraqi children in refugee camps in Jordan.  

To read more about CODEPINK projects visit the CODEPINK website. 3522193786_9beab2b499