The Red Thread Project is based on a Chinese proverb:
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
In this case, the red thread was yards and yards and yards of knitted I-cord, knit by the artist, Lindsay Obermeyer, joining hats knit by many hands. Students, including some from Maplewood-Richmond Heights Middle School, contributed hats made on circular looms. The looms are similar to knitting spools, except larger. One of the pictures shows a few of the middle school artists, who also came out to participate in the “Dance of the Red Thread’. The hats were laid out in a large spiral. The musicians and dance leader were on the inside, and all of the dance participants found a hat of their choosing.
I’ve included some still pictures from the dance, but there should be video on the web site for the project. The hats will be displayed at the Saint Louis Artists Guild along with the other Innovative Textiles exhibits. Following the exhibit, the hats will be donated to charities such as the St. Louis Childrens Hospital and shelters.
I’ve also included some pictures of a bustle made from Splenda packets, cotton and plastic. I love the juxtaposition of the historic figure enhancement of the bustle, and the modern day ideal of slenderness. The artist is Lilyana Bekic and her work is entitled, Life is Splendid.