Several members of KnitBelgium were invited to work with British artist Shane Waltener on a knitting performance to mark the opening of Mé-tissages, an exhibition focusing on contemporary art and textiles in the MIAT, Gent.
Shane is an artist who uses knitting as his primary means of expression, creating works and performances that focus on the social and communal aspects of the craft.
For Mé-tissages, Shane created a work for five people, who sat in a circle and simultaneously knitted in the round.
The wool was salvaged from old jumpers and the end result was a three-inch perfect circle of brightly coloured knitting, which the artist plans to eventually exhibit together with photographs of the knitting group.
What we weren’t prepared for was the level of public interest in the performance and KnitBelgium was besieged with questions about the work and requests from visitors to join in. Needless to say, we quickly made lots of new friends and encouraged everyone to join us in the Lepelblad.
The highlight of the evening came when five men took the piece over, including Lizzie and Helen’s husbands, the artist and friends.
A fantastic end to a fun and inspiring event in an impressive setting.
For more information about Shane's work visit his website www.shanewaltener.com
Biënnale rond kunst en textiel
Van dinsdag tot zondag
Van 10 tot 18 uur
26 maart tot 16 mei 2005
MIAT Museum voor Industriële Archeologie en Textiel
Minnemeers 9, 9000 Gent