A thread on Ravelry (members only, sorry) made me stop and take a closer look my copy of the Spring issue of Interweave. Shiela Pepe does really big knitted and crocheted installations for museums and art galleries with a decidedly feminist bent, sometimes representing genitalia, and inscribing information about the knitters and crocheters who worked on the piece, their mothers and grandmothers in secret code. I love this quote on her piece “Mr. Slit,” which she’s comparing to Faith Wilding’s 1972 “Womb Room“:
Mr. Slittakes my own crocheting back to it’s 1980’s Lesbian Feminist roots. It’s a nod to Wilding as well as an overt sexualized update: I don’t really care about your womb; it’s the other parts that I like.
It’s the last paragraph of the Interweave article that really peaked my interest, though. Pepe did a large crocheted installation in Austin, and then asked visitors to find one of her yarn ends and knit or crochet something for themselves, unraveling her work by their own creation. I love it – here’s a video from the unraveling:
*”Frogging” is internet knitting slang for ripping out your knitting. Some suggest the term came from “rip it” -> “ribbit” -> “frogging.” Frogging a project that isn’t turning out can feel really great and cathartic – it took hours to make that ball of yarn into a piece of fabric, and now in a couple minutes – poof! it’s yarn again.