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For immediate release
4th May 2011

Blooming Marvellous ~ intergenerational community knitted garden project has blossomed all over Bournemouth library.

Could it be the biggest knitted garden ever made?

1,560 knitters and crocheters aged 3 - 99 years old with a wide range of abilities have created the most amazing sight.  All over Bournemouth Library, 22 The Triangle  BH2 5RQ, you will find everything  you would normally find in a garden but they are all knitted including ponds, gnomes,  garden shed, knitting line of naughty knickers, vegetable patch, a green man (who is currently reading a romance novel) slugs and snails, birds, bees and butterflies even a knitted BBQ with food.


Artist and project organiser Pauline Stanley said “The project has been running for the last 6 months and is a great success and lots of skill sharing has taken place between the generations and nationalities.  The knitted garden is stunning and makes everyone smile and the public have responded with awe and wonder to the amount and quality of the work. It has been a joyful project to run and has fired everyone’s creativity and imagination and has really used knitting and crochet in a stunning way”.



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Media contact: Pauline Stanley 01202 392055 07729 829 209
pauline.stanley@tiscali.co.uk

Notes to editor:

The project is funded by Arts Council Southwest/National Lottery, Bournemouth Libraries and Bournemouth Arts Development.

The project is facilitated by professional community artist and curator, Pauline Stanley BA (Hons) Fine Art.

42 different groups including local knitting/craft/crochet groups, youth clubs, brownies, church groups, day centres, choirs, primary schools as well as students from the Arts University College and Bournemouth University have participated in the project.

The exhibition opened on 3rd May and runs until 4th June and we are looking for other venues for it to tour around UK.  It is available to hire.

Good quality jpeg photos available







Press Release April 2011

Blooming Marvellous Exhibition ~
Intergenerational community knitted/crocheted 3D garden

*Nominated for National Lottery Special Award!! *
The knitters are knitting the final stitches and the blossoms are blooming  for the work for this huge community project resulting in an exhibition At Bournemouth Library 22 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RQ,  01202 454848.
From 3rd May to 4th June, over 3 floors, it will creep over bookcases, blossom on pillars, cascade down balconies.
Is this the biggest knitted garden ever knitted in UK with over 1500 knitters and 42 groups??/
Participants are mainly from Dorset, but people have responded throughout the UK including a vicar from South Shields  who has sent a knitted mole and molehill. Some of the knitters have profound disabilities. Many skills have been passed down the generations and the youngest participant is 3 and the oldest is 99.
It will be a family exhibition with knitted/crocheted flowers, vegetables, greenman, trees, crazy paving paths, lily ponds, rose arches, washing line of naughty knickers,  beehives, garden tools, lawns, slugs, mice and chickens, teddy bears picnic.....
Part of Bournemouth’s The Big Green Fortnight and part of National Family Week
Free family knitting workshops on May 14th, May 21st and May 28th from 1.30 - 3.30 in the Conversation Corner in the Library.  Wool, needles, and patterns provided.  Learn to knit, crochet, finger knit, french knit and add something to the garden!
The exhibition will be showcased at other libraries in the borough and is looking for other venues from July onwards.

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Notes to editor:
The project is funded by Arts Council Southwest/National Lottery, Bournemouth Libraries and Bournemouth Arts Development and it is in partnership with Bournemouth Libraries.

The project is facilitated by professional community artist and curator, Pauline Stanley BA (Hons) Fine Art.

42 local knitting/craft/crochet groups, church groups, day centres, colleges, primary schools as well as students from the Arts University College have participated in the project.

Good quality jpeg photos available.

Media contact: 
Pauline Stanley.
01202 392055
07729829209
pauline.stanley@tiscali.co.uk