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09:35 pm - Crochet "Art"
Why? Just WHY?

I agree with the commenters on that article. It seems to serve no useful purpose other than stroking the artist's ego. Looking at that without knowing the backstory, I'd be going, "Why the fuck is that gas station covered in crochet?"

I really wonder why people undertake these projects. Wouldn't it be more useful to whatever position you were trying to promote with these projects to make something that would actually physically help your cause?

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Date:August 6th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Aaaand she probably used some acrylic, which is made from petroleum.
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Date:August 6th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
sorry...I can't wrap my head around the fact that she's also done sheep coats and a lawn mower cozy?!? A gas station cozy is the next logical step, yes?

*goes to gather up pieces of exploded brain*
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Date:August 6th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Ugh, I'm glad they mentioned it on the site. All I can think about is the amount of garments they could have made for the homeless or those in third world countries. This ridiculous project isn't doing much to bring awareness to oil dependency and is just a waste of perfectly good material that could have been used to do tangible good in the world.
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Date:August 6th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Date:August 6th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
If I drove by and saw it, I definitely wouldn't think "wow, suddenly I realize how much we as Americans rely on oil! I'm going to park my car right here and ride my bike around for the rest of my days!"

If it were just an art installation for the sake of art, I'd think it was cool. (I think it's cool now, taken at "face value.") I don't think it needs an agenda. And I think that $4/gallon gas (not to mention all the media reports on our dependence on oil) does a perfectly adequate job of bringing my attention to the fact that we depend on oil too much.
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Date:August 6th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
I don't think it needs an agenda but personally I HATE the "guerilla knitting" where people cover stuff like trees & stop signs - it's LITTER. Everytime I see a photo of guerilla knitting I think - that will really be horrible trash as soon as it rains. Crochet or knitting left out to the elements will look really bad in a really short period of time, and so I think the end result is making the world a lot more ugly.
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Date:August 6th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
It's also too overdone now, I think. Everybody's going out and ninja-covering things with crochet and knitting. It kind of reminds me of how everyone had to make such a big deal about modern crocheting being edgy, and "not your Grandma's;" like the Anarchy Hats in the S&B book. Oh look, it's an anarchy hat, but it's in crochet! How ironic!
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Date:August 6th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Jeez, and my husband thought I was weird for crocheting a burger.
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Date:August 8th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)


I have to admit, I just don't "get it". Why not make squares for "Warm Up America" or any other charity? Paying $4 a gallon for gas makes anyone aware of oil dependency......
and I thought I was weird for making an apple jacket...

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