Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Team

Finally! Half a proper picture of those who have made this project possible. Thank you all!

Credits and article here

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Part of history

Thank you everyone for your basket making magic and creativity. In less than a month, we have made hundreds of baskets and saved thousands of plastic bags from landfill and the sea.

Each one is a unique little beauty!

We will have the baskets on exhibition at The Sydney Opera House, as part of over 5,200 actions in more than 180 countries around the world.

October 24th is the 350.org international day of climate action, where people all over the world make their voices heard, calling on leaders to reduce carbon levels in the atmosphere to a safe level of 350 parts per million, and calling for a safe future.

It is the largest collective display of action to fight climate change the world has ever seen.

Find out more here http://www.350.org/ and follow some of the amazing actions here on Twitter http://twitter.com/350

Here's a picture of the baskets taken at Bondi Beach.

Thank you gritters Julie, Rena, Floria, Liane, Bea, Sue, Kylie, Annie, Paula, Yumi, Taka, Tobhi, Sam, Bridget, Bev, Melanie, Petrina, Vanessa, Finn, Lana, Scarlet, Sam, Pepe, Joe, Maya, Di, Harvey, Jackie, Sabrina, Sue, Jessika, Tom, Rachel, Dave, Phillip, Alison, Stefanie, Janos, Sacha, Kirsty, Martha, Sarah, Melanie, Roman, Lola, Piper, Jane, Jenny, Trish, Rowena, Nikki, Daniel, Trudi, Sam, Jett, Jo, Lola, Tess, Joan, Lorelle, Marton, Luke, Simone, Joe, Jack, Ryan, Mel, Michele, Judge, Sally, Imogen, Felix, Felicity, Kitty, Marti, Luke, Bambi, Melissa, Susie, Andre, Kate, Kaye, Trudy, Marty, Alice and all the other brilliant Gritters.

We will let you know about where the exhibition will be going after the Opera House.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Baskets at Bondi

New York Times Square HERE WE COME!

More pictures at the facebook group

Everything kicks off at the Sydney Opera House around 2 in ther afternoon, so do come by and say hello, or just hang around for music music by Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire, The Beautiful Girls and the choir, and the Cafe of the Gate of Salvation!

The list of activities around Sydney can be found here

22 hours to go!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

18 Oct '09 - Last Loopy @ the Park

With 4 days more till the installation at the Syndey Opera House, response to Loopy@ the park picked up last weekend. We crafted a storm with a growing record number of baskets, and occupying 3 benches!

Click on the photos to enlarge.

Busy crafting bees, with amazing finger knitting boys!

Counting the jewels big and small

Packed with love.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

11 Oct '09 at the Park

The sun struggled to stay out but we were out in full force at the park.
Occasional breezes did make it a challenge to sew and plarn but nothing can beat us!

The collection point at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery is also up. so those who have and want to drop your finished baskets off may do so in your own time.

11 days to go!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Looping at GreenUps - 6 Oct '09

We invaded the pool table at the Beauchamp Hotel for the latest GreenUps.
To our suprise and with much success, over a few drinks we have converted many more loopy-ies! Hope to see those faces again on Sunday@ Centennial.

Plarn-ing 101

Transformation in progress!

Monday, October 5, 2009

4th October Loopy-ies

we took it indoors because of the wet weather but
thank you
all who came along, the gifts you brought
and all the little helping hands you blessed us with.

see you at the park next week!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Loopy @ the Park

Knitty Gritty & Loopy are making 350 baskets, from plastic bags, to be exhibited at the Opera House for the 350 project. Knitting, crocheting, weaving, fusing. Come join us!

Come by Centennial Park, 11-3pm on Sundays (4,11,18 Oct ‘09) near the bell sculpture/cafe for a loopy grit up. Bring scissors, plastic bags, crochet/knitting needles, and support!

Basket drop-offs welcomed at:
Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Weekdays, 10-5pm
Beauchamp Hotel, Tuesday, 6 Oct, 6-9pm
Centennial Park, Sundays, 11-3pm
Sydney Opera House, Saturday, 24 Oct, 10am

Making Plarn

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Knitty Gritty and Loopy for 350.

350.org is a great organization started by Bill McKibben. For the last 600,00 years, there have been about 280 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but since the industrial revolution, we have been polluting the atmosphere, and it is now about 390 parts per million.

We are on track to be at 450 ppm, which would mean a temperature rise of at least 2 degrees, which basically wipes out The Great Barrier Reef amongst many other things, and who knows what else will happen to the planet? We could only imagine (or try not to!)

350 parts per million is the number that top scientists, such as NASA's Jim Hansen recommend would keep the planet living safely.

On October 24th, there are worldwide events being organized to highlight and inform people about 350, so we can all act to reduce emissions before the numbers get too high.

As a group of friends, we have started up an arting/crafting group called Knitty Gritty and Loopy, and for the 350 project, we are making 350 baskets from plastic bags. Knitting, crocheting, weaving, fusing. We would love you to join us if you can. Have a look and please join up at our Facebook group to see how to make 'plarn' - plastic yarn from the bags, and other crafting, reusing, recycling, reinventing and repurposing ideas.

At the moment, the Australian government has basically committed to killing off the Great Barrier Reef, with targets of 450 ppm. Surely we can do better than this!