Nearly all the old photos are loaded to Flickr, and descriptions added whereever notes permit. You can see what’s been knitted, felted and painted in the past 3-4 years. But here’s what’s most current – as of yesterday afternoon.
Inspired by the knittivist (or craftivist) efforts of recent projects such as the Pink Tank, the Red Sweater Project, knitnotwar, and (discussed here, here, and here), I’ve been working to start another knittivist project, this time to promote peace in the mideast.
Yesterday I opened a post office box, in order to begin the work of the project – to create a community peace tree, a “TikkunTree”, a hand-made olive tree, an opportunity for anyone with the inclination to make a simple knitted (crocheted, sewn or embroidered) leaf to connect to the need for a just and peaceful resolution of the conflicts between Jews and Palestinians in Israel (and Diaspora). The goal is to include The Tree in an art exhibit (in development) in Philadelphia dedicated to the olive tree, its real life for Jews and Palestinians in the mideast and Diaspora, and its symbolic life for others; the exhibit will be co-curated by artists from the American Palestinian and Jewish communities.
The TikkunTree Project is now live, open for business at P.O.Box 2088, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Any and all are welcome to participate, regardless of religious affiliation (or not), age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or any other criteria by which we usually divide ourselves. You’ll find all the information you’ll need here, including simple patterns, materials suggestions, and more.
Hundreds (thousands?) of leaves are needed, as well as doves and candles for a knitted silent vigil. The names of all participants will be included in the installation, and their thoughts about peace and/or participating in the project will also be represented. Along the way there will (hopefully) be distributions of free yarn and other materials for participants contributed by various merchants and others. If you create a pattern that can be used in the project, you’ll be featured. Your handwork, ideas and suggestions are invited.
Are you interested in being part of a knitting community for peace? Will you knit for peace with us?