The Hole Big Yarn: A Panmure Community Project
13th March 2009
Pamnure is a small town in the Moyne Shire, 15 mins NE of Warrnambool in the south west of Victoria. This town is famous for a large, natural swimming hole and the community of Panmure have a long and personal relationship with this asset. In summer residents and visitors from all over use the hole as a swimming and meeting place to escape the heat. Locals call this place, 'the big hole' from which we take the name for our project, The Hole Big Yarn.
The community of Panmure is embarking on a project to tag the swimming hole with knitting, crochet and weaving pieces in the tradition of guerilla knitting, an art form beginning to emerge the world over. Participants are making site-specific pieces to place in the location at a launch in June this year. Community participants include members of the local CWA, general community and school kids from Panmure and nearby Cudgee Primary Schools.
This project is designed to highlight a local iconic landmark, utilise local craft skills & traditions and produce an art project that celebrates the spirit of small communities.
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(): 13th Mar 09
What a great sounding project, I look forward to seeing some of the pics as it develops!
Deb Milligan: 13th Mar 09
I just love this artform - making knitting hip again. It makes me think of nanna-anarchy! I first saw it at Art at the Heart, the RAA conference in Alice Springs last year where there were wonderful installations around town by local artist Nikki Schonkala
(): 13th Mar 09
thanks Deb - anyone interested in Art at the Heart, there are some pictures from the conference at http://www.artattheheart.com.au, including some of the knitting in the foyer of the conference centre!
Pushing the Boundaries
(): 16th Mar 09
This looks excellent!! This just shows how important it is to have RAV support for a project, as you get so much more input and help from outside the project’s boundaries! Can’t wait to see more!
-Elise Armitage, Hamilton
Jo Grant: 16th Mar 09
This is exciting!
Gail Watson, President Corangamite Arts
comment from Dunkeld
Jo Grant: 17th Mar 09
Brilliant project. Knitting is such an amazing and undervalued skill and your project sounds like the perfect opportunity to display all those incredible CWA-type skills that seem to slip under the radar. Best of Luck.
Trevor Flinn, artist Dunkeld
Social Planning and Policy Coordinator
(): 30th Apr 09
It would be great to build a bridge out of knitting needles!
love your thinking!
(): 30th Apr 09
Margaret I love your thinking, thanks for the comment! Keep an eye on our blogs about this project and come to the unveiling on Sun 31st May. If you ever build that bridge please let me know!
Makes me giggle
(): 5th May 09
This kind of art-attack puts a smile on my face. It is beautiful, poetic, engaging and FUN! Not to mention how important it is for small regional communities to come together, create, communicate - rekindle old arts and old friendships, creating new ones. Can't wait to see it all.