Return to Sender
So often when I leave my treasured pieces on the street or in their new (albeit temporary) home, I don’t hear anything about where they have gone, who found them, and who has taken them on as new pets in their home. It’s a given with knitted graffiti that people who find them will capture them and take them into a new world, and its a part of graffiti that I love. The thought that someone else loves it so much that they want to ‘steal’ it, and that I am making something for someone I dont know, have never met and most probably will never meet. All those hours and love for a complete stranger, why not?!
However, on the very rare occasion, someone who finds my creation, will take the time to find my site and post a little message. I had this with my La Calaverita in Old Twickers , and Prick Your Finger, and then I had it with Rage Against The Machine, which I left at the V and A.
The lovely curator of the exhibition, Sue Prichard contacted me and explained that at the V and A, they are unable to keep any unsolicitated gifts and wanted to return my graffiti to me! So, unusually, this one had a second lease of life and was destined to adorn the community once more.
I have waited for a good time, as I always like to leave pieces that are relevant to their surroundings. When the fabulous Perri Lewis and Mr X Stitch said they were hosting an after party for the Knitting and Stitching show, I knew it was the perfect time to let my sewing machine, needle and thread loose on the streets for the second showing. (Thanks to Perri and Mr X for the brilliant party!)