The KJC came into being through the serendipitous discovery of books containing basic knitting patterns for knitting animals. As they explain:
‘’(We)… discovered these books that are for knitting for children… How to teach 8 or 9 year olds how to knit and I thought oh look, there are knitting patterns that even I could do. So we started making animals, (we)… needed a project and this was a good place to start.”
The desire to knit animals soon developed into the aspiration to knit a jungle, as they explain: “(we) imagined how nice it would be to knit a jungle and then thought, we should definitely knit a jungle“.
So the KJC soon gathered momentum and a blog was established (https://theknittedjunglecollective.wordpress.com/), which served the dual purpose of documenting the project, but also to encourage others to contribute to the project. So the objective of the KJC soon became to establish a distributed network of knitters, united by the shared desire to bring a jungle panorama into being.
The knitted Jungle Collective will be exhibiting their jungle at Kunsthaus 15 from the 27th – 29th July. The gallery will be open between 10am and 6pm. Private view and opening party: Thursday 26th July 6pm – late.