PechaKucha Presentation

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Bernd Kestler

Knit Artist in Yokohama

All the World's a Square

PRESENTED ON APR 22, 2015
IN TOKYO @ VOL 124

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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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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20 Years in Japan

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 95 ON SEP 26, 2012

Don Kratzer has lived in Japan for 20 years, and following the PK 20x20 format, shares what he's been up to all this time using one image for each year.

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All the World's a Square

BY BERND KESTLER
@ VOL 102 ON APR 24, 2013

The Granny Square project is an initiative asking crocheters from around the world to crochet and send one or more "Granny Square" motifs to Japan to make the world’s largest ‘Granny Square Blanket’. Bernd needs at least 7,150 squares of 20 x 20 cm. Once completed, the blanket will be submitted to Guinness World Records. But the best is that, after, the blanket will be divided back into regular size afghans and donated to temporary housing facilities in Tohoku, Japan, to support victims of the March 2011 earthquake.

You'll find more info at the "Knit for Japan" website.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 1, 2013.

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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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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
@ VOL 3 ON AUG 31, 2016

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

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All the World's a Stage

BY LEIGH TRACY
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Reflecting on his interest in theater and politics, Leigh Tracy explores William Shakespeare’s proposition, “All the world’s a stage; and men and women merely players.” He recreates some characters from various plays, looks at politics as theater, and concludes with a spiritual perspective on politics and the stage.

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Inside the square of BSB

BY JOÃO VICTOR MACIEL
@ VOL 145 ON MAR 24, 2017

From Brasilia, João Victor, student, designer and creative producer, he'll explains the all secret things about the capital of Brazil.

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Keep Calm and Knit On!

BY SAKI CHIKARAISHI
@ VOL 149 ON JUL 26, 2017

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!