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Each year, Platform host final year students from the Sculpture and Environmental Art course at Glasgow School of Art, an opportunity to work with our art groups.
A Whole Nother Beast is a group project by Clack and Yak and art student Kitty Glover that combines collaborative crafting and installation. The animals in the display have been made by knitting and crocheting lots of shapes which were then sewn or crocheted together. Many of the animals are based on existing creatures, however there are some that are imaginary.
Here, Kitty shares an insight into the project:
I have been attending the Clack and Yak group at Platform on Mondays since 27 January. Together we have been knitting and crocheting blocks of colour and pattern in various shapes which are then sewn together to make patchwork animals. I have been making animals for a few years in my art practice, and enjoy how they create space for conversations about diversity, ecology, and community.
Usually a big focus when using knitting patterns is following them closely and getting it right – but this offered us an opportunity as a group to let go of this control and try out new techniques with no pressure to get them right.
This project has been possible because we are all able to meet in person again and it is a playful way of celebrating this, as well as showcasing the incredible talent of the Clack and Yakkers. The group made me feel welcome from the very beginning and it has been lovely getting to know them, learning about their early days of knitting, and sharing stitches and ideas with each other.
Together we have made some truly beautiful creatures. From Fair-Isle to single crochet, every unique shape has been handmade by a talented crafter, which is probably why our animals have so much personality.
Our work will be installed in the window box at the Westerhouse Road entrance to the Bridge and can be viewed from inside the library as well as from the outside.
Kitty Glover, 4th Year Fine Art student at the Glasgow School of Art