Crocheted Gun - Art For Peace
A Huge “Thank You” to everyone who participated either by purchasing a pattern or making a donation online or in-store. All told, we collected 76 knitted or crocheted guns and donated $1500 to charity. We are currently in the process of assembling the art installation and will post more information about this soon.
Here is a summary of the 2016 Knitche Art for Peace/ Anti-violence Campaign:
From June 18 to October 4, 2016, we collected completed guns made from this pattern and a knitted version similar to it for inclusion in a public Art for Peace installation designed to raise awareness of the rampant problem of gun violence in our community. All designer proceeds from the sale of these two patterns were donated to Chicago’s Off The Street Club (www.offthestreetclub.com), a long-standing organization that seeks to provide positive role models and make a difference in the lives of adolescents living in the Chicago neighborhoods most directly affected by gun violence.
Why are you crafting guns?
We are crafting these solely for inclusion in an art installation against gun violence. The knitted and crocheted guns will be arranged in a collage in the formation of a peace symbol, to be displayed in the Chicago area.
If you are protesting gun violence, why not craft items with more positive imagery?
We feel that the juxtaposition of a gun (a cold, hard object that can cause such atrocities in the hands of people) with the soft, warm gentleness associated with knitting and crochet, will have more direct impact on the viewer with regards to the specific topic of gun violence than say, a grouping of flowers and birds. The very act of creating this object from yarn brings a unique awareness, with every stitch, of the disturbing reality of gun violence in our society. Additionally, the hand-crafting of these objects symbolizes the relationship of people with guns, the destructive aspect of which both gun rights activists and anti-gun lobbyists recognize.
What’s in it for me?
Of course the feeling you get by contributing your money, talent and time to this charitable goal is unmeasurable. But we will also give you 15% off any single-item purchase at the shop (in store or mail order) for every knitted or crocheted gun you send or bring in by 9/5/16. Coupon is included in the pattern and is valid through 12/31/16.
Can I contribute to this effort in another way?
Yes, whether or not you craft a gun from it, the purchase price of this pattern will be donated to Off The Street Club. Additionally, we would be happy to receive contributions of knitted or crocheted flowers, etc. to supplement the guns used in the art installation. We recognize that art is personal and there is no one right way to artistically express social commentary.
Are you advocating for stricter gun control laws?
This initiative is strictly concerned with gun violence awareness; we are not taking sides on any Second Amendment controversies.
Why is this issue so important?
Gun violence in the United States in general, and in the metropolitan Chicago area in particular, is at staggeringly high levels. So far, shootings in Chicago are up 60% this year over last. News agencies reported 64 violent shootings here over the Memorial Day weekend alone.
How can this Art for Peace initiative really do anything to help?
By raising money for Off The Street Club, we are hoping to directly support programs aimed at providing safe havens and positive inspiration to youth in areas directly afflicted by gun violence. The mural we intend to create will hopefully raise awareness of gun violence, the first step toward any positive change. Living in a world where we are constantly bombarded with devastation and sadness tends to provoke a sense of helplessness. Doing one small thing to make a positive difference is not only personally uplifting, but when combined with the efforts of others, can effect true improvements.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”