Knitters unite to yarn-bomb Substation

Knitters unite to yarn-bomb Substation
Knitting parties for enthusiasts
Enthusiasts at one of the knitting parties. The Substation will be having weekend knitting parties, where the knitted work will then be an installation in the foyer of the building as part of the celebration of The Substation’s 24th anniversary.

SINGAPORE - Expect to see two pillars outside The Substation in Armenian Street wrapped in bright-coloured yarn in September. The installation work is to mark the arts centre's 24th anniversary.

The Substation has teamed up with home-grown craft duo Momshoo - made up of Mrs Lim Chau Lee, 55, and her daughter, Shu Ning, 24, - to hold "knitting parties", where yarn pieces created by participants will make up the installation.

These individual yarn pieces will then be put together by the duo.

Ms Nur Khairiyah Ramli, 27, programme manager at The Substation who initiated the project, says: "The Substation has always had a strong focus on community and we wanted our anniversary celebrations to reflect this. Working with Momshoo has enabled us to reach out to the crafting community in Singapore to work on a project on this scale for the first time."

She adds: "We are thrilled with the way these knitting parties have brought together people of all ages. The sessions have brought a very warm and vibrant energy to The Substation."

The arts centre had also used its building as part of an installation work in 2012, when Singapore artists Grace Tan and Randy Chan covered the building's facade with a black-and-white weave of PVC vinyl strips.

Two knitting parties lasting four hours each, held over the past weekend, saw about 50 people participating. There will be another six sessions spread over this month and next month.

"We thought something like this would be nice to bring people together," Ms Lim says. "Craft is able to bring different people together as you are working on a common task. After a while, even strangers warm up to one another."

She says participants have free rein over the patterns they knit.

Momshoo will also knit tubular structures that resemble pipes and these will extend from the pillars into the foyer of The Substation.

She was inspired by "yarn-bombing" works overseas - which involve using colourful knitted or crocheted yarn in street art - and wanted to try it in Singapore with the theme Transition that was given to her.

"The title of the installation, In The Pipeline, connotes that The Substation is in transition and is represented by the pipes," she explains. "We wanted to bring out that colourful, vibrant vibe as it is a place that generates ideas. That's why we use very bright colours."

Momshoo, a label that began in 2009, started selling its products on Etsy, a website where people can sell their handmade products. It also does consignments with shops such as The Redundant Shop in Everton Park and Cat Socrates at Bras Basah Complex.

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