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Calling all Knitters and Crocheters! Here’s a note from artist Kristina Wong:

Got an old knitting project that you don’t plan to ever finish? Half done socks? Five inches of a scarf? Now they can be part of a touring theater piece!

Help performer Kristina Wong demystify the knitting circle and unravel the deep psyche of the master crafter in her new solo show “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Your donations of unfinished knitting pieces from around the world will be included as part of the set for a live serio-comic exploration of maintaining sanity in times that seem almost fictitious. All contributors will receive “set construction” program credit for the life of the show.

Why Unfinished Knitting?

“Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” originally set out to explore the sky-high rates of mental illness and suicide among Asian Pacific Islander Women. Asian Pacific Islander American women have the highest rates of suicide in the country in a statistic that seems to be widely unpublicized and often disregarded. The unfinished knitting collected represent incomplete intentions, women’s work, “spinning a yarn,” and loneliness. During the show, Kristina uses the knitting pieces to represent “unravelling” women and even unravels some of the pieces during the show. These knit pieces may also be displayed as part of an art installation later in the run.

Read more after the jump for instructions on how to submit your knitting or crochet.

Instructions for Submitting:

Please include the skein of yarn (if there is one) attached to your unfinished knitting. Include the knitting needle it’s sitting on, or if you want to keep you needles, pull some waste yarn through the loops so that your piece doesn’t unravel in the mail.

On a sheet of paper please include the following information. This information is all optional as it may be displayed as part of a public installation of this work.

  • Name (or alias)
  • Gender Age Ethnic identification
  • Where do you live/ Where are you from?
  • What was the original intention when you cast on this piece?
  • What reasons do you have for not finishing it?
  • Any information about this piece that is pertinent to its history or to your history.
  • If you are interested in knowing where “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is touring to, please include your email address.

Note: Your name and hometown must be included if you want to be credited for “set construction.”

Do Send:

Unfinished knitting, all different shapes and colors that can be unraveled if pulled at the string. This could be the sleeve of a sweater you never finished, the first scarf you started, or any other piece of knitting that for some reason or another you have not managed to finish nor do you anticipate willever be finished. Knitting that is full of mistakes are as welcome as are perfectly stitched pieces. Unfinished knitting attached to tangled skeins are welcome.

Do Not Send:

Finished knitting or store bought knitwear, finished knits that are damaged, anything with more square footage than a baby blanket (3 by 3 feet) or tangled yarn. I am interested only unfinished knitting that has been pulled off the needle and that has the capability of unravelling.

Please Note: Your knitting will not be returned!

At the end of the run of “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the remaining pieces will be stitched together to create blankets for charity. Any attached skeins of yarn will be cut and also given to charity.

Timeline:

  • Knitting received by December 1, 2006 will appear in the Berkeley premiere of WFOTCN on December 9 and the run at MACLA in San Jose December 15-16.
  • Knitting received by March 15, 2006 will appear in the East Coast premiere of WFOTCN March 23-24 at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Knitting may also appear in other national performances of this show.

Mail your knitting to:

Kristina Wong

Wong Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

P.O. Box 251664

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Please do not send anything COD.

Kristina Wong Web site – Link.