Knit-a thon at Grant Museum of Zoology.

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Ruth Marshall is an Australia artist knitter, who's craftivist practice is concerned with the extinction of animals. She has knitted many skins, mounted as if they were hunting trophies.  Our Knit-a Thon was scheduled for 12 hours, and aimed to help knitters make Possom skins, and knit items from the amazing collection at the Grant museum of Zoology.  Max was really excited and the museum staff loved to see her knitted moths, which were amazingly similar to the real specemins, although much smaller! There were lots of bones to study. Marrianne crocheted a spider monkey skull, which she was then allowed to photograph in the display case.

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I studied a Gorilla Fumer, which I found really hard to knit.

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I was pleased later when a bone expert said it was ok. It's the top of the thigh were the socket goes into the hip, but I only got half way. 

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Many of the knitters, knitted possoms, starting with the tail.  Many posomms were finished and were taken home for pressing.

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Some of the possoms turned into other things! Like this squid! Everything was so interesting. Here we are having a lecture by Sarah a Phd Student, who talked about artists showing wonderment in wildlife.  Claire'd mother had adopted a dissected cat in the museum, so loved coming to knit along side it. Claire was amazed that she could knit the dissected cat. Here are the start of it's intestines. Mother and daughter will be coming back to visit the cat more often, especially now Claire's mother has a lifetime adoption of her half a pet.  Half way through the day people were really understanding that you can knit 'anything'. The museum is such a wonderful resource and opportunity to turn your stitch vocab into something unusual.

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Max knitted this flying fish in the fastest time imaginable.  The curators and staff were so very kind and generous with their knowledge.

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They are very pro- creativity, and  open to suggestions.  They create a lovely atmosphere for knitting.

They might be finding odd knitted creatures coming their way for quite a while! Thanks for a lovely day everyone.

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There are 5 UFO's from yesterday. Please await a future post to see and/or adopt them. 

12 Hour Knit-a-thon, while specemins look on! Come!

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/whats-on/#1319  

 

Great Grant Knit-a-Thon

Date: 19th May | Time: 10am to 10pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Any

Strange Creatures After Hours The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

Inspired by artist Ruth Marshall's knitted skin of a Tasmanian Tiger on display, The Grant Museum of Zoology has teamed up with East London yarning Collective Prick Your Finger to bring you The Great Grant Knit-a-Thon. Bring your knitting needles along to stich one, purl one or your crochet hooks and create an animal skin of your own. From 10am till 10pm visitors are invited to pop in, at lunch or after work with a glass of wine, and craft a menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures. We have skilled tutors to provide a helping hand and for the experts there are prizes to be won for the best knitted beast inspired by the Museum’s amazing collection. Explore the museum's current exhibition Strange Creatures and hear from co-curator Sarah Wade how natural history museums can use contemporary art and craft to engage with visitors.

This event is free and there is no need to book, drop in at any point over the day.

For more details contact Dean Veall 020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk