Friday, May 23, 2014

One of the highlights of Southbank Arts Trail last weekend was visiting Paper Village and viewing Briswool. Hundreds of people flocked to the shop to see the knitted landmarks after hearing Vicky Harrison (project leader) discuss Briswool on BBC Radio Four.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Briswool is the brain child of Paper Village owner, Vicky Harrison. Who, along with a talented team of knitters and designers, set about to shape the City out of wool.  Vicky designed patterns for trees, balloons, sailing boats, foliage and cars and led free workshops for the public to come and help knit a piece.  With the help of Elise and Juliette who led workshops on knitting houses and needle felting, the City was soon coming alive.
Cabot Tower
Pump House & Bristol Ferry with Gromit
College Green, City Hall, The Watershed and the Cathedral
The whole project has taken nearly 4,000 hours and is still growing, with other neighbourhoods of the City being developed.  The Sweet Mart in Easton, Pieminster Pies on Gloucester Road and Primrose Cafe in Clifton Village have recently been knitted and sit waiting for a place on the table.
The docks & cranes
The Matthew
Paper Village
Briswool will grow and grow, as Vicky is holding two further free workshops called 'How to Craft a City'. This could be your chance to knit a building.  For more information on how to get involved please contact Paper Village.
John King
Clifton Wood and the docks
The Briswool exhibition will remain open at Paper Village until the 27th May.  After that your next chance to view it will be in October (4th & 5th) at Mshed in the upstairs Studio.   By then of course, it will have changed a lot, who knows what they will have immortalised in wool!

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