North Shore Times : February 6th 2014
22 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 Cross-stitching gets a new modern look By DANIELLE STREET It’s cross-stitch, but not like grandma used to make. Designer Margaret Lewis is curating a project called the Street Loves Nana, which will see a union between street art and handicraft. She has asked several well- known street artists to create works as an homage to their grandmothers. ‘‘I thought they would think it’s a dumb idea, but they didn’t. They loved it,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s another way for them to explore doing their art and it’s opened a whole lot of storytelling as well.’’ The designs have been spraypainted on to massive mesh screens that are set to be stitched with yarn by punters at next month’s Splore music festival. ‘‘I’m really passionate about handicraft and I want to share it with a new generation, by connecting them with an older generation,’’ Ms Lewis says. The giant screens will be located in the festival’s themed camping zone, which will be a real retro experience. The Camp Mother zone will have old-fashioned furniture, board games, playing cards and magazines. Iced tea will also be served. Festival-goers can relax in the tent while doing a little cross-stitching, Mrs Lewis says. It is the first creative project for the designer since a fire at her Westmere home last year. ‘‘As a result of that I had to move out and I lost a lot of stuff,’’ she says. ‘‘It was a really hard time because I lost my ability to create.’’ However, she man- aged to salvage a great stash of wool that will Granny graffiti: Designer Margaret Lewis has made a start cross-stitching a panel designed by artist Dager to take to Splore next month. Photo: DANIELLE STREET be used for the project. There will be eight screens head- ing to Splore. Ms Lewis used crowd-sourcing website Kickstart to get the $2600 to transport them to Tapapakanga Park for the festival. She also hopes to exhibit the fin- ished works and capture the imaginations of an even wider audience after the event. ‘‘Street artists often have a really bad rep. Some people see them as vandals who wear hoodies but they aren’t like that at all,’’ she says. ‘‘So it’s one way of breaking down barriers.’’ Participating street artists include Ghstie, Dager and Benjamin Work. ❚ Splore is on February 14 to 16 at Tapapakanga Regional Park. NEWS www.northshoretimes.co.nz Street art pays homage to Nana Urban beach set up at Viaduct site What do you think of the idea of a giant sandpit in the middle of the Viaduct? The 235 square metre urban beach cost $25,000 and includes sun loungers and sun umbrellas. It is part of an $80,000 project to revitalise Waitemata Plaza. A patch of synthetic turf decked out with tables and a 60 metre red carpet has been installed alongside it to test-run different options and gather public feedback. The plaza overlooks the Viaduct Harbour on Customs St West and was originally designed as an event space when it opened in 2000 for the America’s Cup. It has since been overlooked with the ■ Send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org, post it on the Waterfront Auckland Facebook page or send it to @WaterfrontAk on Twitter. introduction of purpose-built event facilities. The beach is open every sunny day for the next two months, from 9am to 6pm. Urban oasis: An artificial beach has been installed at Waitemata Plaza in a bid by Waterfront Auckland to transform the space.
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