Last week YARN came to Bath and I was a very lucky knitter and won two tickets in the A Yarn Story giveaway. So I grabbed my knitting and my non-yarny French colleague and off we went to the Little Theatre.
This was a special interactive screening and the theatre enabled us to knit while watching the film. The lights were dimmed, but just enough to see what you were doing. Good thing, too, as I managed to drop a few stitches along the way!
Many local yarn lovers had made their way to Bath to watch the documentary. The film follows 4 artists who each have very distinctly different approaches to their art, but what connects them are the techniques they use to work with yarn and create something meaningful.
YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends. (Official website)
There's the Icelandic artist Tinna Thorudottir whose graffiti is both political and a need to bring her love of life back into oppressed paces. There's Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam who realised her work was missing something crucial: a relationship with humans. Then there is the Polish artist Olek who simply left for New York because Poland wasn't ready for her yet. And then there is Tilde Bjorfors whose circus performers have created a stunning visualisation of the life and all its struggles in their show Knitting Peace.
All are connected by the writer Barbara Kingsolver's poetic narrative that lead from one to the other and back again, revealing the breadth of fibre arts today.
If you like art, fibre crafts and documentaries, I recommend YARN wholeheartedly. Make sure you get to one of the select screenings or go to the official website and request a screening.