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Mens knitting project

The Mens Knitting Project has been established to commemorate the Anzac Centenary in Australia during April 2015. The centenary project is called War & Peace–The Men’s Knitting Project and organisers are calling for donations of 250 knitted samplers made by men on the theme of war and peace (they provide instructions on their website). The knitted samplers will be sewn up to form a wall hanging to be displayed at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery in April, 2015. The project currently has approximately 40 male knitters registered but we are guessing they will need some more to make their target. Men who register for the project are asked to make a small discretionary donation to the Soldier On charity.

This could be the best chance you ever have to see the men in your life knitting. The deadline for completed samplers is less than a month away on Friday 19th December, 2014.

The project has a Facebook page for more information about how the sampler tally is progressing.

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The exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, has opened at the National Gallery of Victoria; its only Australian venue. The exhibition is doing a world tour with Melbourne being the ninth stop after its debut in Montreal. The exhibition has been organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in direct collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier so a lot of garments have been made available for the tour.

There is an informative and knitting biased account of the Barbicon version of the exhibition on Emma Vining’s blog and Cookie A has also posted about her visit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. There are several knitted and crocheted outfits that will give a knitter something to examine, some display trickery to amuse and some vibrant couture to admire.

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This cream wool outfit demonstrates a feature of couture; the marriage of reference and invention. It has the shape of a French Court dress but has been given a fresh and funny makeover in and Aran stitch. The Regine Chopinot dress was worn in a choreographed performance/fashion show in 1985.

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This beautiful dress is from the Russia collection, 1997-98, has a tulle underskirt and took 35 hours to create. If you want to see some beautiful, highly skilled workmanship this exhibition has plenty to offer and the spectacle is good fun as well. It’s on in Melbourne until 8 February 2015.

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