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Kickstart 'the street loves nana'

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Kickstart 'the street loves nana'

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'The street loves nana' - street art meets 'nanaish' handcrafting.

Well-known NZ street artists are making a fence – of street art –  to be shown and sewn at Splore – by festival goers [over a cup of tea]. Not in a lounge, but by the sea. Imagine.

It’s about conversation and community – it’s also about craft – nana craft but not as your nana might have done it

Eight images, big ones, are sprayed on to fence mesh and then whoever chooses can come and handsew to help finish these works (and learn a craft at the same time)

There's a great team – of NZ street artists [including Ghstie, Dager and Benjamin Work], builders, sewers and YOU

Curator [and cat-herder] Margaret Lewis has asked the artists involved to make a work about nanas – their nana, who she is, what she does, what she’s done, what they admire about her, what makes their nana special – after all everyone loves their nana.

"This project is about a number of things. As a designer, I use handcraft all the time in my work and I want other people to be inspired to build it into their work. That meant doing something to make an impact. Street art + embroidery + fence mesh, it was bound to pique someone's curiosity - I just hoped it would be the street art community."

"And I hoped the street artists would want to talk about their nanas - they certainly did. The works they are making honour grandmothers everywhere as well as all the things they do for us."

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Margaret believes that another important aspect of this work is just about talking. "There's something about stitching and using your hands - its like an icebreaker to getting to know people - and making them feel welcome."

In line with Splore's sustainability strategy 'the street loves nana' plans to minimise the impact of making these works. Margaret has used some of her massive stash of wool (especially wool salvaged from a fire earlier last year) and found dismantled pallets for the frames.

"We'll also be collecting all the wool scraps that we'll put in baskets in the trees at Tapapakanga Regional Park for the birds to use in their nests."

Of course, every art project is a collaboration. Margaret has not done all this work herself, the project has built its own community of scavengers, builders, stitchers and NZ street artists all helping to make this happen.

Kickstart 'the street loves nana'

None of the works can happen without resources people and money. To help get 'the street loves nana' to Splore - there is a kickstarter campaign that ends 30 Jan. Any pledges will help:

• make the works themselves and get them to Splore and back again (materials, construction and transport)

• give shade to all the stitchers at Splore (that could be you)

• support the artists for their contribution.

'The street loves nana' is one of over 30 art installations at Splore held at Tapapakanga Regional Park [Auckland] from14-16 February 2014.


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