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Home Mask Relations: A Social Art Project

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Join Gather : handmade shoppe & Co: and Lotus World Music & Arts Festival for a community art project on Sunday, Sept 24th from 1-4pm. The event is FREE and for ages 8-95.

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The visiting artist is from Denmark, Isabel Berglund. She's a phenomenal textile artist and part of the 24th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival lineup.

Isabel's residency is supported through a collaboration with IU School of Art, Architecture + Design Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Eskenazi Museum of Art, IU Textile Artist Association and IU Arts and Humanities Council. The project she'll be doing in Bloomington is called "Home Mask Relations" and explores the social spaces of "togetherness," "relationships", and "home."

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Home Mask Relations is a work of art that explores the space of togetherness, relations and home. The Art Work will consist of small pieces of hand-knitted patches that when put together create a whole. The several hundreds of small pieces of hand-knit will be knitted by several hundred different people, who will create their own personal handprint through the knitted surface. The knitted patches will be strung together with threads in order to create both massiveness and transparence. This will create a graphical appearance, but also bring a more fragile feel to the work. The hand-knitted patches symbolizes home and the threads that are strung between them are both symbols of relations and roads but also veins, this is why the work will be created in different nuances of red inspired by the color of blood to underline the symbolic meaning.

The composition of the textile will be inspired by the closeness of the patches in relation to structure of the cities and proximity of the houses in the States that are participating in the making of the Art Work. Last, but not least the design of the finished installation will be inspired by the homes build by the first Native Americans who settled in North America. The finished work will consist of several huts shaped as cubes and will standing as if they were in a parade – as a wandering organism that invites the spectator to be a part of and step into the work.

The Art Work is created in my visual universe, I choose the materials, shape the elements, make the frame work of the workshops that the participants will take part in and facilitate them. The work will be made in nuances of red as if they were cut from the same piece of material. The surface of the work will have different patterns chosen by the participants themselves and thus there will be a personal handprint of each participant in the finished work. With this Art Project I want to focus on creating an Art work as a community, cohesion, relations, home and celebrating the diversity of local communities. The craft of knitting will be the point of departure for a process where all the patches knitted by different people and in different patterns create a personal handprint on the knitted surface. Thus the finished installation will be a medley of traces left by all the different participants and there will be a natural focus on the history of knitting, on knitting as a craft and on the personal story of the participants. The collected Art Works from this project will be a documentation of the history of hand knit and thus be a part of our common history.

Each of the participants will hand knit a patch that takes its shape in accordance with the size of their house in a ratio of 1:20 (their house seen as a blueprint). The patch will be knit in their favorite knit pattern in order to let each participant create their own personal handprint. They choose the size of the knitting needle and how they want the knit to be – yarn will be provided at the workshops. Each participant will receive a sheet with information about the project and an example of how to knit a pattern and a sketch of the finished work. The Art Works will be made at the workshops entitled “Knitting Together”. The idea is to have 600+ participants aged 8- 95 from different States take part in the project. The participants will meet at the workshops and knit side by side and a natural bond will be created. This bond will be extended to the other participants in the other States all because of the common experience. Furthermore the opportunity of sharing patterns and their story will create a new link to the history of the craft of knitting. The patterns that collectively will be the surface of the Art Works will lastly be stitched together - also in workshops. After being joined together each of the Art Works will be in the shape of giant knitted collages that finally will become the installation “Home Mask Relations – A Social Art Project”.
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