ARK works “Tête-à-Tête” with Taylor

All it takes to make a difference is an idea, and with enough passion the idea will grow into reality.  This is something that the founders of A.R.K. have experienced first hand, as well as seen in other remarkable, caring individuals.  Towards the end of last school year, A.R.K. was contacted by Taylor from San Diego, CA, who shared, “I love what you are doing to raise awareness for women’s issues.”

At the same time, we were greatly inspired by Taylor’s work. This ambitious rising high school senior started her own charity called Téte â Téte Hats, which helps chemotherapy patients and others who are in need of hats, such as hospitalized infants and children, by knitting and crocheting hats and donating them.  Since 2010, Taylor has been able to donate over 3800 hats to people in her local community, as well as across the United States.

We were happy to collaborate with Taylor, and she worked with us on creating not only hearts (to promote women’s heart health) but also ties (to promote women in government) to put on campus, as well as in the local community.

We would like to thank Taylor for collaborating with A.R.K. on raising awareness about important women’s issues!!!

Here are some photos from Taylor, showing the yarn graffiti that she collaborated with us on, promoting heart health.

Thanks again Taylor!!!

Feel free to email us at stricken4macht@gmail.com if you are interested in collaborating with A.R.K.!

Peace,

Rosie

Lebensfaden in Berlin, Germany: ARK goes international

Hey A.R.Kers!

Long time no see!  So I hope you can forgive the break…A.R.K. is here, just not in Claremont anymore. As I write this post, the delicious sound of thunder is singing to me, and I am currently in my apartment in a high-rise in Munich…yes, Munich, Germany. Deutschland. And Annie, fellow partner in crime, is in Morocco (but I’ll let her tell you about that another time!)  And the other A.R.K.ers…well, you’ll just have to guess ; )

Before coming to Munich, I was able to visit some friends and family in Berlin. And while Berlin is famous for its street-art, especially more traditional spray-graffiti, I was pleasantly surprised to see yarn graffiti on the rise! I thought I would share some of what I found with you all…

Along the Spree in Berlin

This particular yarn bomb was to promote sustainable water use! A.R.K. is a big fan of craftivism (combining the art of yarn bombing and activism!), and though the Spree is beautiful on its own, the piece definitely added warmth and much needed color to the railing!

Here is a close up of one of the tags:

Tag for Water

The tag basically says, water means life! Every drop counts! It also says how many “Lebensfaden” this person spun. This is a really beautiful term in German…meaning something like, “threads of life.” Now that I think of it, they really are threads of life- yarn-bombing allows for a space to be reclaimed, and it takes on a life of its own. The yarn is living, interacting not only with the space itself, but also with the people and souls who are touched by it (literally and metaphorically!)

Here are some more “Lebensfaden”, maybe not as seemingly impressive, but still made me pause, and smile.

Unexpected Lebensfaden

This particular yarn-bomb was in my old neighborhood in Berlin, and even though it is a small piece, it definitely brightened my day (and the pole’s day!)

I haven’t seen any yarn graffiti in Munich so far, or much street art at all for that matter, but I have a rather strong feeling that that is about to change…very soon (wink wink!)

So where in the world are you? Share with us! I want to know, have you seen any cool street art or yarn graffiti lately? Tell us in the comments! And if you can, send a photo of it to stricken4macht@gmail.com! We’d like to feature it on our blog as well.

Peace and Liebe Grüße,

Rosie

Pictures! BE ♥ HEALTHY!

Knit New World

Get ready to enjoy some inspirational, psychedelic, knit madness.  Yes, at first it may seem a little over the top, or even straight up creepy.  But when music gains texture, all we can expect is to be transported to an intoxicatingly vibrant world, and the possibilities are endless…

Who knows? Perhaps the Armed RevolutioKnits will join in on the fun and help others discover the secret world of knit.

Peace,

A.R.K.

Photos of First Tags!

Tell us what you think! Maybe you have suggestions for where we should tag next? Suggestions for women’s issues you’d like covered? Let us know in the comments or email us at stricken4macht@gmail.com