Honoring the life of Brendan Ogg
- Saturday, February 25, 4-6pm
In this hands-on collaboration, knitters of all levels (first timers to old pros) are invited to create knit panels for an upcoming gallery installation honoring the life of Brendan Ogg, a young poet who lost his life to brain cancer. Words as Legacy—A Leaf of Knowledge, created by Francie Hester, Lisa Hill, and a community of knitters, will be on display in the gallery’s upcoming April show, FLUID: Rhythms, Transitions, & Connections. The knit panels that result from this knitting circle will be integrated into the exhibited art piece.
Words as Legacy—A Leaf of Knowledge tells a story about a community of family and friends that gathered after Brendan's death to mourn him. They began knitting as a way to support each other and in the process the loss of Brendan transitioned from pain to legacy. The knitted panels wrap around each other, making concentric rings as a comment on how one person's life—and words—can touch so many. While the panels vary in length, each is 20 stitches wide to represent the number of years Brendan lived. The existing 200 panels took a year and a half to complete and include the work of more than 100 knitters from across the country – many of whom did not know Brendan directly but were touched by his story. We invite you to join the knitting circle and contribute to this evolving work of art and remembrance.
***All the materials - yarn & needles - will be provided, just bring yourself!