PechaKucha Presentation

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Saki Chikaraishi

Hyper Knit Creator in Tokyo

Keep Calm and Knit On!

PRESENTED ON JUL 26, 2017
IN TOKYO @ VOL 149

編み物をコミュニケーションメディアとして捉え、 街や空間に関与するインスタレーションやプロジェクトを展開しているハイパーニットクリエイターの力石咲さん。人と人、人と街をつなげるプロジェクトを展開しているご自身のこれまでの活動と、現在進行中のプロジェクトを紹介してくださいます。

“Hyper Knit” creator Saki Chikaraishi sees knitting as a communication medium whereby she exhibits installations and large scale knitting projects towns centers and open spaces. She introduces how her activities have connected people to people, and people to places.  Her unique offbeat projects are bound to impress!

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Knit Danshi

BY BERND KESTLER
@ VOL 85 ON SEP 28, 2011

In his presentation, Bernd Kestler talks about hand-knitting beaded bags from the Art Deco period. You can also visit Bernd's "Knit for Japan" site, a project he developed to support vicitims of the 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 15, 2013.

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All the World's a Square

BY BERND KESTLER
@ VOL 124 ON APR 22, 2015

Repeat PechaKucha Presenter and Yokohama Knit Artist, Bernd Kestler started an initiative called "Knit for Japan" in repsonse to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Originally aimed at providing knitting supplies for people of Tohoku, the project evolved into the "Granny Square Project” in which Bernd collected 20cm X 20cm knitted squares from all around the world. Little did he know he would receive so many that he was able to create the worlds largest crochetted blanket. Check out how this creative project became greater than the sum of its parts. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 22, 2015.

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Translating the Digital into the Physical World

BY JEFF DONALDSON
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 14, 2015

Jeff Donaldson takes us into his obsession with the glitch world - creating knits and woven fabrics generated by game consoles, websites, data backups, and viruses to create physical, and wearable items!

Jeff  is an artist and designer based in Maryland. In 2001 Donaldson began preparing video hardware to intentionally short-circuit. This practice is the foundation for his textile and surface design practice.

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Wearable Technology for All

BY JENSIN ELAINE
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Jensin Wallace relates her trip to Slovenia to collaborate with a man suffering from tetraplegia to create custom smart clothing to assist him on a day to day basis - all controlled by his cell phone! Wow!

Jensin was trained as textile textile designer at the Rhode Island School of Design and experimented with how to make sound and emotions tangible. After getting some experience in the luxury fashion industry, she went back to school and received a Masters of Design focusing in fashion and technology. Currently she works as a sweater technical designer for a high end women's label in NYC.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, November 9th, 2015. 

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Knitting and Business

BY KRISTEN GALLAGHER
@ VOL 18 ON JAN 07, 2016

Speaker Kristen Gallagher explains the journey of creating her business completely in terms of knitting, a labor of love that she also enjoys.

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The Handmade's Tale: Knitting as a Feminist Act

BY DEBBIE STOLLER
@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Riot Grrrl pioneer, Stitch'n'Bitch writer and BUST magazine co-founder Debbie Stoller tells of how knitting is a actually a feminist activity. It may have lost popularity with women's liberation but knitting was also a way for women to earn income, and a relaxing hobby. It was time to take back the knit. Girls are now accepted in boy's activity, but why was it not cool for boys and girls to knit?

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Knitting My Journey

BY MAIJA NYGREN
IN GALASHIELS

Maija makes you think about the creative thinking behind knit design.

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Knitting in art and in films

BY KATYA VENTER
@ VOL 14 ON FEB 09, 2017

Katya Venter shows us Knitting like you’ve never seen it before!

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Restoring Calm through Knitting

BY CONNIE ABRAHAMS
@ VOL 45 ON AUG 15, 2017

Connie Abrahams is uniting young & old, bringing peace & knitting skills to the children of her community. Aunty Connie, together with other pensioner-volunteers are breaking the stereotypes of the Cape Flats and bringing a sense of purpose and pride to the next generation with the Young Knitters Club