Hi friends. The Guelph Film Festival is this weekend, and it is showcasing some really incredible films this year. In addition to it’s great selection of interesting films, the festival also has some really fantastic venues (such as the Golden Bus!). The festival runs from November 3rd-6th, and even though I am unable to attend, I highly recommend you check it out.
One of the films being shown this year is Yarn, a documentary follows those who are using yarn and crochet to create art in an interesting new way. The director of the film, Una Lorenzen, tells the story of artists using are taking a stance using the creative method of yarn. In anticipation for the Guelph Film Festival this weekend, I spoke to Una Lorenzen about her film and what she hopes people take away from it.
K: Why did you decide to do a documentary about yarn? Where did you get your inspiration?
Una Lorenzen: We were discussing what would be the next “trend” and knitting came up. From there the ball started rolling, interviewing people (men and women) and finding the right tone and theme. We wanted to capture the calming and meditational aspects of knitting as well as the texture and warmth. But the main aim was to make a colorful and fun international journey that gives us a glimpse into the “other” sides of knitting and crocheting through a few selected artists. Letting their voice be the voice of the film rather than the filmmaker voices.
K: Knitting/Crocheting is a craft that is seen as being inherently feminine; is that something you would like to see changed?
K: If yes, what steps can we take to make it known that knitting/crocheting is for everyone?
K: Where does the trend of yarn-bombing and graffiti knitting come from? And why do these women choose yarn as the medium for their artistic expression?
K: What message is trying to be sent with the graffiti knitting? What social/political statements are these women trying to make?
U: We hope it will inspire those that have no connection to yarn, to inspire those that use yarn to explore more possibilities and to engage those that want to learn a little more about the medium and how it can be more than just that woolly jumper you have at home.
It’s also important to add that it’s not a heavy political or current affairs film as with so many documentaries today, neither was it intended to be a chronological look at the history of yarn. It’s a poetic journey where you’ll be immersed in the material and the film will take you to different countries and cultures and explore the use of yarn through four main characters who each have an immense amount of passion and depth behind their use of the medium.
Yarn is screening at Boarding House Gallery on November 6th at 3:30pm, you can find more information and purchase tickets for this or any of the other films on the Guelph Film Festival website. You can also find more information abut Yarn on their website, as well as on Twitter (@yarnmovie).